Bowel cancer treatment negligence can have devastating effects. There are certain risk factors that you must be aware of to alleviate potential bowel cancer treatment negligence. These include age, family history, diet, weight, and drinking alcohol. Some conditions affecting the bowel may put you at a higher risk of developing bowel cancer. For example, bowel cancer is more common in people who have had extensive Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis for more than 10 years.

Bowel Cancer Treatment Negligence

As with any type of cancer, bowel cancer negligence can be devastating. Negligence may cause the cancer to spread or develop, and it may also cause the cancer to become untreatable. The most common types of cancer negligence we see are delays or misdiagnosis, and delays in treatment.

Delays in Treatment

There may be delays in treatment that happen due to negligence, or even incorrect treatment. Your treatment will depend on the stage of cancer, where it is, and how far it has spread. If the cancer has not spread beyond the bowel, surgery is usually able to completely remove it. If the cancer has developed, then the surgery may be more invasive, and may leave you with a stoma bag.

Other treatments for bowel cancer include radiotherapy and chemotherapy. If you receive the wrong treatment or there are delays, then this can cause the cancer to spread. It may also have an effect on your prognosis or mean that the cancer is untreatable.

If you have experienced any delays in misdiagnosis or treatment, or incorrect treatment or diagnosis, and it was the fault of a doctor or specialist, then you may be able to make a claim.

Delays and Misdiagnosis

One of the reasons that bowel cancer can be misdiagnosed or delayed is through a doctor not recognising the symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • Blood in stools
  • Persistent changes in bowel habits
  • Persistent stomach pain
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Significant weight loss

Most of the time these symptoms do not mean you have cancer. However, if you have any of these symptoms then a doctor should refer you for tests in order to diagnose the cancer so it is treatable.

How We Can Help with Bowel Cancer Treatment Negligence

Here at The Medical Negligence Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of cancer negligence claims. This includes bowel cancer negligence. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.