When it comes to cancer, an accurate and prompt diagnosis can make a real difference, and although most people will receive a good standard of care and will be diagnosed accurately, unfortunately cancer misdiagnoses do happen.
According to a patient survey on cancer care in the UK, most inefficiencies occur during the initial diagnosis. If your cancer was diagnosed inaccurately, it can have serious consequences – we have access to medical experts who can give an informed opinion on your claim and treatment options.
Cancer stages are used to refer to the size of the tumour and how far it has grown. Standard cancer staging uses the TNM system:
T – is short for “Tumour” and is used to measure the size of the cancer, but also how far it has grown and spread into the surrounding tissue or structures. The numbering is from 1 to 4, with a 1 generally being small and locally contained and 4 being large and possibly extending out from its localised position.
N – is short for “Nodes” and denotes whether the cancer has spread to any lymph nodes. The numbering is from 0 to 3, with a 0 meaning no lymph nodes have any cancer cells, and a 3 meaning many lymph nodes had cancer cells.
M – is short for “Metastases” and indicates whether the cancer has spread to some other part of the body. The numbering is either a 0, to show no spread, or a 1 to show that the cancer has spread.
Using the TMN staging, an Oncologist can further define the cancer into a stage, generally from stage 1 to stage 4.
Stage 1 often means that the cancer is small and is self-contained, with no spread.
Stage 2 is a larger cancer but it has spread to any other part of the body. This stage can also include some local lymph node involvement.
Stage 3 means the cancer is larger again and has grown into the surrounding tissues, as well as into some lymph nodes.
Stage 4 being a cancer that has spread to at least one other part of the body.
How you might be affected if your cancer was misdiagnosed
The staging of cancer is vital, because this will be used to decide what treatment is needed. If the staging is incorrect and too low, then you could miss out on vital treatment, which could impact the recovery. If the staging is too high, then you could undergo treatment that is not needed.
Can you make a claim if you received a cancer misdiagnosis?
If there was a negligent error in the diagnosing and staging of your cancer, and this has impacted the treatment offered to you and the outcome of the treatment, you are entitled to bring a claim for the injuries you have suffered and any financial losses you have incurred.
How our legal team can support you
If you, or someone you care about, has suffered because cancer has been misdiagnosed or staged incorrectly, we can help. We understand that this is a very upsetting and traumatic time, and we will guide you through the process as easily as we can.
As one of the UK’s most respected solicitors specialising in cancer claims, we not only have the legal expertise in house, but we also have several high-profile contacts in the medical profession too. This means that any claim made through us will be treated with empathy and a direct approach aimed at delivering the cancer misdiagnosis compensation that you or a family member deserve.