Cancer misdiagnosis claims

If something goes wrong with your cancer treatment, or there is a cancer misdiagnosis, you might have a compensation claim for medical negligence.

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Cancer misdiagnosis claims: Expert medical negligence solicitors

The key to successful cancer treatment is often in catching the disease early. It can be hard to spot, but there are various signs and symptoms which doctors should investigate quickly. If your cancer is misdiagnosed, or you suffer a delayed cancer diagnosis, the consequences can be devastating. If you feel your treatment was below standard, our medical negligence specialists can help you move forward.

Types of cancer medical negligence claims

There are a range of ways in which mistakes can be made, including:

  • misdiagnosed cancer
  • delayed cancer diagnosis
  • delayed referral to a specialist or to the incorrect specialist 
  • delayed investigation following tests for cancer
  • misinterpretation of a biopsy for cancer
  • misinterpretation of a scan for cancer
  • misinterpretation of a smear for cancer
  • delayed treatment of cancer or failure to provide the correct treatment

Over the years, our specialist medical negligence solicitors have successfully advised on claims relating to many different types of cancer, including:

  • blood cancer claims
  • bowel cancer claims
  • brain tumour claims
  • breast cancer claims
  • cervical cancer claims
  • endometrial cancer claims
  • lung cancer claims
  • ovarian cancer claims
  • prostate cancer claims
  • skin cancer claims
  • claims for tumours of the throat, neck, nose and sinuses

How a compensation claim can help

You may feel very worried about the future for yourself and your family. You could be entitled to financial compensation which can help to take the pressure off at a very stressful time. Plus, you may have lasting complications, require ongoing treatment or need additional surgery in the future. Financial compensation could help provide security and stability for the future, including provision for your care requirements.

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Making a claim: No win, no fee

We work on a no win, no fee basis, so there's no need to worry about costs. Plus, our specialist solicitors provide an initial free assessment of your claim.

Come in for a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help. We can also visit you at home if you wish.

Our medical negligence lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Call for a FREE initial consultation on 0800 013 1165

Cancer misdiagnosis FAQ's

What are the common symptoms of cancer?

Different types of cancer have different symptoms. However, there are certain warning signs that GPs should recognise and act upon (often by referring the patient to a specialist).

Examples of common symptoms include:

  • Fast growing lumps
  • A persistent cough for more than three weeks, chest pain and breathlessness
  • Changes in bowel habits, such as seeing blood in your stools and experiencing consistent bloating or diarrhoea/constipation
  • Changing appearance of moles in terms of shape, size and colour  
  • Sudden weight loss without another reason.
What are the most common misdiagnoses of cancer?

Many types of cancer can display symptoms which are similar to other conditions which are not cancerous. Unfortunately, this can result in the misdiagnosis of cancer.

Examples include:

·         Breast cancer – can be confused with benign lumps and other inflammatory breast conditions

·         Bowel cancer – can be mistaken for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) 

·         Lung cancer – can be confused with other infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis

·         Pancreatic cancer – can be mistaken as pancreatitis (i.e. an inflammatory disease).

Can I bring a claim on behalf of a relative who has passed away from cancer?

It may be possible to bring a claim on behalf of a deceased relative who has suffered from medical negligence. The family of the deceased need to apply for a Grant of Probate which is issued by the local Probate Registry.

If the deceased did not leave a will, the person granted Probate is called an ‘Administrator’. However, if a will is in place, the person is called an ‘Executor’ instead. Regardless of the title, both an ‘Administrator’ and an ‘Executor’ can pursue claims on behalf of all Dependants of the deceased within the relevant Limitation period.


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