Medical mistakes - Cancer treatment
Normally the cells that make up the entire body grow and divide slowly and under strict control. Cancer is a disease where the cells grow out of control and invade the normal tissue.
This enables cancerous cells to form a mass known as a tumour which can be benign or malignant. Benign tumours are not normally dangerous but malignant tumours can spread into nearby organs where they can cause serious damage. More below:
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- GP Negligence
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- Doctor / nursing staff errors
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In Britain 1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer during their life and staggeringly it is the cause of a quarter of all deaths. Whilst the disease is more common in older people, it can strike people of all ages at any time.
Types of cancer
There are more than 300 different types of cancer which may all have different causes, symptoms and treatment.
Some cancer types are becoming less common such as lung cancer but the overall rate of incidence of cancer is increasing by about 1% a year. However successful treatment rates for many of the most common types of cancer are improving rapidly.
The main types are cancer of the lung, and prostate which combined account for over half of all cases diagnosed. Leukaemia is the most common cancer in children accounting for up to one third of all cases. There are many other types of cancer such as testicular, ovarian, colon and skin cancer. The latter, whilst quite common is usually very treatable.
Medical errors may create a delay in diagnosis and treatment. This in turn will lead to a worsening of the condition and may reduce the prospect of the treatment being successful. Errors may include:
- Inappropriate treatment
- Failing to respond to patients symptoms or complaints
- Losing records
- Misreading X rays
- Misreading test results
- Failing to refer a patient
If you feel that you or a member of your family have been the victim of such negligence please contact us immediately for legal advice. You may be entitled to compensation.