It could be particularly devastating to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis. But the going gets even tougher when you get the news late because of a late diagnosis. This could happen for a number of reasons and one of the major factors being the negligence of your general practitioner who did not carry out proper tests or refer you to a specialist. There are also instances where tests have been carried out but the results were not reported correctly or have been misinterpreted and as a result of the negligence on the part of the doctor, the patient suffers deterioration of his/her health.
In today’s time, treating cancer and curing this disease completely can be possible but it is only possible if the disease is diagnosed in the early stages. Early detection is the only key factor that makes it possible to cure cancer a lot faster with a greater success rate. Delaying the process only means late treatment and that only ensure deterioration of the patient’s health, which ultimately leads to the last stages of cancer where hardly anything could be done to cure the disease. A medical professional can make a number of mistakes that could result in the late diagnosis of the illness. Some of the most common mistakes that doctors make are:
- Not carrying out the proper tests and health examinations
- Not being able to recognise the symptoms and signs of the disease
- Failure in investigating symptoms
- Losing, ignoring, or misinterpreting the test results or misreading the x-rays
- Failure in monitoring patients who have a family history of cancer
- Failure in carrying out proper follow up treatment
When all of this leads to the delay in diagnosis and results in the deterioration of the patient’s condition, the patient must get in touch with medical solicitors and take legal action against the negligent medical practitioner to claim for medical negligence compensation.