Cancer is one of the UK’s biggest killers and we are still some way from finding a complete cure to this devastating disease.
It has been confirmed that cancer will touch all of our lives at some point whether it is because we ourselves develop cancer or family members do. Advances are being made in its detection and treatment but sometimes a diagnosis of this terrible disease is delayed, or mistakes are made during detection and interpretation of results. Even minor mistakes during the course of cancer diagnosis and treatment can have huge and, sadly, sometimes fatal repercussions.
Some types of cancer are very aggressive in the way that they develop whilst others take a long time to develop.
Cancer Treatment and COVID
During the Coronavirus pandemic, doctors have been making changes to how people have cancer treatments. This might include having treatment as tablets instead of a drip.
Many people have also been having treatment in a different centre and, for some, it has been delayed.
Surveys have been undertaken to review the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the treatment of cancer patients.
It has been found that almost 3 in 10 cancer patients have had their treatment disrupted when the NHS suspended much of its normal care to focus on COVID 19. Over 29% of people receiving cancer care had a test, procedure or appointment delayed, cancelled or changed during the pandemic.
Some patients said that they felt forgotten as the NHS prioritised treating those seriously ill with COVID. This can lead to cancer patients feeling abandoned and in the dark.
Significant frustrations were experienced by the cancer patients and their families with significantly increased anxiety levels as a result of the pandemic. That could reflect the widespread disruption to testing and treatment or the extra risks faced by people with compromised immune systems from COVID.
Even before COVID 19 hit the health system, cancer targets were not being met. For the first time in decades, they now have to face the fact that cancer survival could go backwards.
Despite NHS staff working tirelessly to maintain care for those with cancer, COVID 19 still had a devastating impact on cancer services and cancer patients.
The pandemic has left cancer patients much less positive about their NHS care.
Cancer and its Impact
There are many different types of cancer including:
- lung cancer
- skin cancer
- cervical cancer
- breast cancer
- bladder cancer
- stomach and bowel cancer
- prostate cancer
- testicular cancer
- uterine cancer
- ovarian cancer
- leukaemia and
- thyroid cancer
Cancer and Legal Claims
These Lawyers will work alongside medical and other experts to ensure that we fully understanding what injuries you have suffered and the advice would always be to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity not least because these cases can take a significant time to progress through the court process. Interim payments of damages may therefore be obtained on your behalf.
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