This disease affects both women and men equally in Ireland. For those aged 60 to 69, BowelScreen.ie offers a free at-home test, but it’s important to catch the disease early.
For this reason, it’s important to get a correct diagnosis. It’s possible to require surgery or further treatment as a result of misdiagnosis or delay in diagnosis.
Referral for follow-up assessment should be made for any patient who presents with cancer symptoms to their GP or A&E. If cancer is found, treatment must be implemented immediately.
Some cancer-related situations may be considered medically negligent:
Cancer can progress to a more severe stage if it is not detected in a timely manner. Each day that cancer is left undiagnosed or untreated, the damage it can do increases. Cancers can be both slow-growing and curable, but any delay in treatment can impact the final result.
Because of this, it may be necessary to administer more aggressive and immediate treatment, such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, than was necessary previously. An early-stage diagnosis of colon cancer, for example, may allow the removal of polyps before they develop into cancerous tumours or spread to other parts of your body. However, another few months may see cancer spread further than the colon and through the lymph nodes, ending up in the liver and other distant organs. Many cancer patients have a variety of treatment options, however, getting better could be difficult if cancer is left untreated.
The following evidence will be required to support a cancer medical negligence claim:
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