Cervical Cancer Claims
Cervical cancer (adenocarcinoma or carcinoma) can be very serious. It may be diagnosed by smear tests but not all cervical cancers are found by smears. Smear tests can also detect abnormal cells which, although not themselves cancer, are warnings the cancer may develop.
The condition is normally diagnosed by smear tests, passing a small camera up the cervix (Colposcopy), analysing tissue samples under a microscope (biopsy), x-rays and scans.
There are different types of treatment depending on how far the cancer has spread. These include laser therapy, a procedure called LLETZ (or loop diathermy), surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Surgery may involve hysterectomy, removing the womb (uterus) and all or part of the cervix. Sometimes it is necessary to remove the fallopian tubes, ovaries and part of the vagina.
Delays in Diagnosis/Misdiagnosis of Cervical Cancer
If cervical cancer is diagnosed early the chance of cure may be good. Delays of a few months are unlikely to make any difference to the outcome. However if left, it is likely to grow. Treatment often involves surgery. The more the cancer grows the more the extensive surgery may need to be and, at worst, cancer can spread to other parts of the body.
Mistakes in diagnosing cervical cancer can therefore be very serious.
Cervical Cancer Compensation Claims
Slater & Gordon Lawyers have recovered large awards of compensation where mistakes have led to serious delays in diagnosis. These have included mistakes by pathologists (doctors who examine cells under a microscope) in interpreting smear tests.
Importance of Cervical Cancer Compensation Claims
For people who become seriously ill with cancer and have a medical negligence claim, compensation may be very important for their quality of life. Compensation can enable them to have:
- Private medical treatment, avoiding delays and in greater comfort than in NHS hospitals;
- Nursing care at home;
- Help with housework;
- Money to make good any loss of earnings.
Where the patient sadly does not survive, a claim can provide for family members who relied on them financially or with domestic and other help.
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