Cervical Cancer Claims

Wrong diagnosis, inappropriate treatment, medical mistakes...

Over the past few years there have been several scandals affecting thousands of women involving mass recalls following negative smear tests (eg PAP smear) suspected of being incorrectly reported.

Recall causes additional stress and unfortunately in these instances where test results are wrong, this can result in medical negligence claims when cancer has subsequently developed.

Cervical Cancer Mistakes - Medical negligence claims advice

Although this is rare, due to the diagnostic process, different styles of reporting can lead to inconsistencies, making this test less accurate than it should be.

Protecting yourself

  • The important role of smear testing in health protection has been recognised for more than 20 years.
  • If cervical cancer is detected early or in the pre-cancer stage it is almost always curable.
    • The ability to detect pre-cancerous changes gives clinicians a great advantage and in the future the field of preventative medicine will develop further with the advance of vaccinations for the virus which is the cause of this illness.
  • A link between cervical cancer and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) has been clearly established for some time.
    • In the future it is thought that 70% of all cancers could be prevented through vaccination though not all as there are a number of different types of virus and the vaccine aims to offer protection in relation to the strains that carry the highest risk of forming pre-cancerous or cancerous stages.

Common types of cervical cancer errors

Mistakes made during diagnosis

Solicitors see medical negligence claims not only arising from mistakes at the pathology stage, but also arising as a result of failure to provide adequate treatment at the pre-cancerous stage if changes are recognised early.

Failure to remove sufficient pre-cancerous tissue/cells

Common problems include a failure to remove sufficient tissue to effect a cure resulting in the subsequent development of an invasive cancer which is harder to treat.

Inappropriate treatments

Other medical negligence claims arise through inappropriate treatment eg a young woman of childbearing age being given a hysterectomy when other and equally good and less radical treatment might be appropriate. Alternatively the technique in administration of treatment may be poor leading to damage to the bowel or bladder eg through radiotherapy.

Claims may also arise again in those of child bearing age who lose the ability to carry a baby to full term through treatment that may be more aggressive than required.

Duty of care to patients

What is important is that a cervical cancer unit is using and following national guidelines for diagnosis and treatments, using up to date diagnostic equipment and approved methods of surgery.

Assessing negligence compensation claims

  • Our Team of Solicitors look for evidence in medical records as to whether the condition could have been diagnosed in the pre-cancer stage and if so what the treatment options would have been at that stage together with prospects of achieving a cure.
    • If a complaint relates to the method of treatment we look at what alternative treatments are available and whether procedures have been carried out in connection with the recommended practice.

As with all negligence claims it is essential to show that the clinician/hospital has been in breach of his/their duty to you and that as a result of that breach of duty the problems complained of have arisen.

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Please note: If your complaint relates to a hospital in Scotland or Ireland this will fall outside of our solicitor's jurisdiction and we advise you to contact a local solicitor, however if you now live in Scotland or Ireland and your complaint is regarding a hospital in England or Wales we will be more than happy to assist you.

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