We have discussed delays in diagnosis of breast cancer, but that is not the only type of negligence that those who suffer with breast cancer may face. There is also the issue of negligence in the treatment of the cancer.
Breast Cancer Treatment Negligence
There are many types of negligence that can occur in the treatment of breast cancer. There can be a delay in treatment due to lost scans, there can be an issue with chemotherapy, such as a delay or incorrect dosage, there can also be mistakes in surgery to remove the cancer, meaning you need more treatment than you should have needed, and more. These delays can have a massive impact on the cancer patients, making their cancer worse, and, in the worst cases, making their cancer untreatable.
We have seen the effects of the pandemic in the NHS, but the sad truth is, the service was already stretched too thin even before COVID hit. Overworked staff, lack of staff and lack of funding may, unfortunately lead to mistakes such as these. These mistakes can have a devastating effect.
According to the charity Breast Cancer Now, there are over 1,500 breast cancer patients facing many months, possibly years waiting to have reconstructive surgery. This is because of delays in surgery due to the pandemic. The NHS is already facing a significant backlog. This will no doubt increase with the addition of the pandemic.
How This May Affect Your Life
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it is understandably a life changing event. You may have had to take time off work or give up your job altogether. You may have had to make arrangements for care, so it can also affect your loved ones. Whatever your circumstances, your diagnosis has no doubt had a major impact on your life. Whilst facing this, you do not need the added worry of negligence in your treatment.
The solicitors we work with can help ease your mind in terms of helping you financially with any effects that your treatment may have had, including costs of transport and medicine, loss of earnings you or your loved ones may have encountered. They also take into consideration the future impacts that the cancer may have. This is especially true in terms of cancer treatment negligence, as it may have made your condition worse.
If you or a loved one have suffered as a victim of cancer treatment negligence, then you may be able to claim compensation. this is especially true if the negligence has resulted in the cancer spreading or becoming harder to treat.
How We Can Help
Here at The Medical Negligence Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with specialist claims every day. This includes cancer negligence claims. They are well placed to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today by filling in our contact form, or by calling us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.