Delayed cervical cancer diagnosis client story

21 Sep 2023 | Jodi Newton
Fatal Medical Negligence Claim

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Jodi Newton acted for a woman who died following a delayed cervical cancer diagnosis. The deceased could have been diagnosed with cancer when it was pre-cancerous. It was not diagnosed until the Claimant had stage 3 cancer, from which she eventually died mid-way through the litigation.

Missed Diagnosis Opportunities

There were two missed opportunities to diagnose – the first when the Claimant showed pre-cancerous abnormalities and later when the Claimant’s cancer was at stage 1B. Following our client’s tragic death, her husband took over the claim, which was quantified as a fatal medical negligence claim.

Importance of Early Detection

When cervical cancer is detected early, the prospects for successful treatment are higher. The treatment for cervical cancer varies depending on the extent of the disease. In cases of early-stage cervical cancer, options include cone biopsy or surgical excision. For intermediate-stage patients, treatment typically involves a hysterectomy, possibly complemented by pelvic radiotherapy. Late-stage cervical cancer is usually managed through chemotherapy.

Consequences of Misdiagnosis

Mistakes made in diagnosing cervical cancer can have grave consequences. To establish a valid cancer misdiagnosis claim, it is essential to demonstrate that the delay in diagnosis significantly impacted the outcome. Normally, this requires proving that the cancer advanced to a more advanced stage during the delay. Consequently, minor delays of a few months are usually insufficient. However, untreated cervical cancer has the potential to grow and metastasize to other parts of the body.

Common Causes of Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosis

Claims related to cervical cancer misdiagnosis may arise from:
  • Failure to conduct a thorough examination or gather an accurate medical history.
  • Neglecting to refer a patient to a gynaecological oncologist for further evaluation.
  • Errors in the interpretation of smear test results.
  • Incorrect diagnoses of cervical cancer often lead to unnecessary surgical procedures.

How We Can Help

If you or your family have been affected by the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cervical cancer, our team of expert cancer misdiagnosis lawyers can help you pursue a compensation claim.

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To speak with one of our cervical cancer misdiagnosis solicitors, call 020 7485 8811 or complete our online enquiry form.

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