Cancer treatment delayed

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When cancer treatment is delayed, the consequences for patients can be extremely severe, whether they involve prolonged pain or further spreading of the disease. As such, in cases where medical practitioners have caused unwarranted delays to treatment and the patient’s health has consequently been negatively affected, there may be sufficient reason to make a medical negligence claim.

If you have suffered from worsened health due to delays to your cancer treatment, you should not have to face these complications without consequences for those who may have neglected to progress your treatment. Cancer treatment cannot be pushed to one side without repercussions, as the consequences for the patients can be severe.

Cancer treatment delayed by coronavirus

As current statistics stand, 1 in 2 people are said to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, making it one of the most pervasive medical conditions in the UK. Although cancer demands a high quality of treatment to manage a patient’s condition, this necessity seems to have faded into the background during the UK coronavirus outbreak. Cancer Research UK released a report stating that, as of June 2020, over 2 million people were waiting for cancer screenings, tests and treatment.

Though Covid-19 is no excuse for vital cancer treatment being delayed, it at least partially explains why the delays have occurred. However, before the coronavirus pandemic, some patients had cancer treatment delayed without explanation. There have been serious instances where some patients have suffered delays of over a year, leaving them in need of significant further surgery.

Delayed responses and actions in some cases can mean that symptoms mean that people are now suffering with difficulties on a regular basis.

Making a medical negligence claim for cancer treatment

With cancer treatment delayed by months for many patients, it is important to highlight that patients have every right to respond to this slow uptake by taking legal action. If a link can be made between your worsening condition and the negligence of a medical professional, you may be able to make a compensation claim for any harm caused to you.

Medical negligence claims can be made for a variety of other reasons, such as incorrect diagnoses, or mistakes during operations, which can be errors that can also arise in cancer treatment. In each claim, clients could be entitled to recover damages for the pain and suffering caused, as well as for any consequential losses and expenses. In fact, we may be able to get you private treatment, then recover the costs as part of your claim.

Start your claim

When patients have their cancer treatment delayed, the limbo period can be one of great anxiety and uncertainty, which is why we encourage any patients affected by delays to waste no time in contacting us.

It is important that we get the ball rolling with your claim as soon as possible to take action against delayed treatment. To receive free, no-obligation advice on your potential claim, simply contact us today or sign up for a call-back.

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