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Cancer Compensation

If you have suffered a misdiagnosis or negligent treatment of cancer, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Every year we help lots of clients just like you to claim the compensation they deserve.

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What is cancer?

Cancer is a medical condition whereby cells in the body increase in size and grow uncontrollably. These cells can then cause damage to surrounding tissue and organs in your body.

There are hundreds of different types of cancer, some of which are more common than others. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer varies depending on the type of cancer a patient has.

How is cancer diagnosed and treated?

Cancer is often diagnosed following the detection of a change in the body, for example, a lump or unexplained bleeding. In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have put in place guidelines that stipulate that a patient with suspected cancer should be seen by a specialist within two weeks. Most often, this is a two-week suspected cancer referral made by a GP.

Cancer can also be diagnosed after cancer screening. In the UK we currently have screening for bowel cancer (for those aged between 60 and 74), breast cancer (for women aged between 50 and 70) and cervical cancer (for women aged between 25 and 64).

When seen by a specialist, further tests and investigations can be carried out. These can include, for example, a blood test, an x-ray, an ultrasound, a biopsy, a CT scan and a mammogram, to name just a few.

If the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, this is referred to a metastasis, or a secondary tumour (with the primary tumour being where the cancer first developed).

The diagnosis will be made up of the following:

Type of cancer – Which describes the type of cell the cancer starts in (for example, a carcinoma or sarcoma).
Stage of cancer – Which describes the size and growth of the cancer.
Grade of cancer – Which describes how abnormal the cancer cells are. 

Treatment for cancer often involves surgery (to remove the cancerous cells/tumours), chemotherapy (medication which is often used to try and shrink the cancer) and radiotherapy (x-rays targeted at cancer cells which is often used to reduce the chance of the cancer returning).

Other treatments can be given including, for example, brachytherapy, hormone therapy, stem cells transplant and immunotherapy.

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What if cancer is misdiagnosed?

Early diagnosis of cancer is vitally important in order to minimise the damage caused by the cancer and to minimise spread.

If there has been a delay in diagnosing cancer, this often results in more invasive treatment being required and can result in a worse prognosis following treatment. This can have a tremendous effect on a patient’s life and can be devastating.  It can also result in a patient suffering more pain and discomfort than would have been experienced had the diagnosis been made earlier.

A delay in diagnosis of cancer can also have devastating consequences, for example, a reduced life expectancy or even death. It is therefore vitally important that a prompt diagnosis of cancer is made.

Can you make a compensation claim?

If you think you have suffered due to a misdiagnosis or negligent treatment of cancer, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Please contact us for advice if you feel you may have a cancer compensation claim, or have suffered any form of clinical negligence.

It is important to contact us as soon as possible. This is because there are strict time limits in place for making a claim for compensation. Once contacted, our solicitors will be able to advise you specifically on the facts of your own case. We even have an in-house dual-qualified doctor/solicitor who can assist in assessing whether or not you may have suffered from clinical negligence.

Why choose us?

How can we help you?

Our team is headed by a dual-qualified doctor and solicitor, so we benefit from in-house medical knowledge. Our team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to help. We can quickly and efficiently assess any areas of potential negligence for a wide range of claims.

We have developed brilliant working relationships with experts in many different fields, including Surgery and Oncology, who we know to be approachable and reliable in assisting us with cancer compensation claims, which in turn allows us to ensure we get great expert advice for our clients.

Want to have a free and confidential chat in relation to a potential cancer claim? Give our team of specialist clinical negligence solicitors a call on 01244 354688.


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