Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cervical cancer is a cancer that starts in the neck of the womb (cervix) and is due to the abnormal growth of cells. It is the fourth most common cause of cancer and the fourth most common cause of death from cancer in women. Unfortunately, at Davies and Partners Solicitors our medical negligence team, too often meet patients whose cervical cancer has been misdiagnosed.
The most common symptoms of cervical cancer are:
- Bleeding from the vagina between periods;
- Vaginal discharge that smells unpleasant;
- Discomfort or pain during sex
It is vital that these signs are taken seriously. Misdiagnosed cervical cancer frequently happens when these symptoms are mistaken for heavy periods or menopause.
Types of Claims
At Davies and Partners we represent clients where there has been a delay in diagnosing cervical cancer. A delay can have a profound effect upon the type and success of treatment. In particular, any delay can allow the cancer to grow and can result in the patient requiring more extensive surgery. In addition, a delay in diagnosis can also impact upon the likelihood of surviving this disease.
Other cervical cancer claims arise when the disease is recognised at an early stage, but then inadequate treatment follows. This can also include over-aggressive treatment, including a hysterectomy which may have been unnecessary.
Davies and Partners also have experience in dealing with cases where smear tests have been interpreted incorrectly. As a result this leads to a cervical cancer misdiagnosis and delay in treatment.
If negligent treatment has led to a misdiagnosis of cervical cancer then compensation may enable you to obtain help and assistance. For example, it could pay for private nursing treatment, additional help and support around the house and pay for the cost of new drugs not yet available through the NHS.
Davies and Partners also represent families when, unfortunately, the cervical cancer misdiagnosis has resulted in the death of a loved one. Obviously, nothing can replace that person, but investigating a claim can often provide answers as to what has happened and provide some financial security, particularly if a parent who has been providing financial support to a family, has died.
If you require any guidance regarding the diagnosis of cancer and treatment, helpful guidance can be found by following the link at Cancer Research UK
In addition, if you do require any advice regarding a potential claim relating to the misdiagnosis of cervical cancer then please do not hesitate to contact Davies and Partners.