Misdiagnosis of Cancer

In the UK there have been vast improvements to medical treatments of all kinds; but particular with Caner treatments and services to support cancer patients. Unfortunately there are still times when errors do occur, in particular there are issues with people being misdiagnosed with Cancer.


What is misdiagnosis of cancer?

There are commonly two situations;

  1. Firstly, you are misdiagnosed with cancer when in fact you are not a cancer sufferer, this will cause unneeded stress and anxiety, and possible unnecessary treatments or delays to the correct treatment needed.
  2. Or secondly, where you are not diagnosed and given a negative result following tests. In these circumstances the cancer will be left to grow in the body and remain untreated. It would also be possible in this case that by the time the cancer is eventually discovered, the chance to treat the cancer is lost.


How long before misdiagnosis starts to cause adverse effects

This will of course greatly depend upon the type of cancer you are suffering from and how aggressive it is. However, as a rule of thumb we would state that it will be a matter of months rather than days and weeks from when the Doctor should have made the diagnosis or believe that there was a possibility that cancer was present.

The test for compensation relies on the balance of probablities as to what would or could have been done differently if the doctor had made an earlier diagnosis, and whether earlier treatment or intervention could have made a difference to the sufferers outcome.


What do you need to prove?

In your case it will be necessary for you to prove that the fact that the diagnosis was incorrectly given at an early stage has caused an unfavourable outcome. It is not possible just to show that there has been an increase in the chance of the unfavourable outcome but has to be shown that it has definitely caused the unfavourable outcome. Unfortunately, any cancer diagnosis can have devastating effects, no matter when it is diagnosed.


Making a compensation claim

We would advise that you act quickly as there are now strict time limits in place for pursuing any personal injury claim, please look at our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

If you or someone you know has suffered a misdiagnosis of Cancer contact our specialist Solicitors team who will be happy to assist you and give you some initial no obligation advice. 

We are experts in all areas of clinical negligence compensation claims, if you would prefer to discuss your situation or potential claim with someone who will explain the claims process to you in plain English, then call us on 0800 590 019, or alternatively you can fill in the online enquiry form or email us and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible. We can even arrange appointments in office or home visits to suit you.



Ruth Markham Partner
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