Breast cancer generally presents as a lump in the breast. It should be diagnosed by a “triple test” of investigation:
Biopsy (where a pathologist reviews of cells under a microscope)
If the radiolgy or biopsy suggest malignancy, the woman should proceed to surgery within 2 weeks of diagnosis.
Delays in Diagnosis
If breast cancer is diagnosed early the chance of cure is normally good. Treatment includes surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. To succed in a medical negligence claim you need to prove that the delay affected the outcome. Usually this means you need to prove that during the delay the cancer progressed to a more advanced stage. Therefore, delays of a few months are unlikely to be enough. However if cancer is left, it is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body. Mistakes in diagnosing breast cancer can therefore be very serious.
Medical negligence claims may be brought for:
Failure to carry out adequate examination
Failure to advise a patient to return if a suspicious lump changes or grows
Mistakes by pathologists in reviewing the tissue samples
Mistakes by radiologists in reviewing the mammogram
Mistaken diagnosis of breast cancer where a lump is actually benign resulting in unnecessary surgery (This may result in cosmetic deformity, lymphoedema and anxiety)
For further information or if you believe you have a cancer misdiagnosis claim, please contact our medical negligence team. All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including legal aid and no win, no fee.
Contact us on freephone 0800 358 3848
Or start your claim online.
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