News that researchers have developed a ‘smart bomb’ treatment using drugs to fight tumours whilst leaving healthy cells intact is welcome. Current forms of chemotherapy can be very toxic, causing unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side-effects – nausea, suppression to the immune system and hair loss.
The research is at an early stage and referring to the treatment as ‘smart bombs’ is unfortunate – smart bombs rarely turn out to be quite as smart as their marketing would suggest. But it is good read more news of progress in cancer research.
Despite many improvements there is still concern that survival rates in Britain our lower than in other European countries and my colleagues and I currently act for a large number of people whose cancer was diagnosed late because of medical errors. It is particularly distressing when people are faced with the fight against a debilitating illness which they may well not survive in the knowledge that but for negligence their condition could have been avoided.
The previous government made cancer care a top priority and there are some signs of improvement. In the meantime we need a mix of more research, more effective treatments and better care in our health system if there is to be a real change.Paul Sankey is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.