Delayed Diagnosis & Misdiagnosis for Cancer

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. There are over 200 types of cancer, the most common being breast, lung, bowel and prostate.

Survival rates are improving, with half of patients surviving at least five years from the date of their diagnosis. This is partly due to improved forms of treatment but earlier diagnosis though screening programmes and public health education has been a major factor.

Unfortunately there are occasions when a diagnosis is missed, delayed or wrongly identified as a different condition. In these types of cases the patient may suffer harm because of the lack of timely intervention or even because of inappropriate treatment. If this can be proved it may be possible to bring a medical negligence claim.

We understand how difficult it can be coming to terms with a diagnosis of cancer. For many years we have provided legal help and support for clients who’s condition and prognosis has been affected by a delay in diagnosis.

Types of cancer which are commonly misdiagnosed include:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Lung Cancer

Supporting families coming to terms with medical negligence issues such as these can test even the most experienced solicitors.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of diagnosis problems you may feel angry and let down by medical professionals and worried about the future. By making a claim, we can assist you secure compensation, which will ease the financial burden.

Contact the medical negligence team as soon as possible for compassionate and confidential legal advice, either by phone on 0113 284 5000 or email via

Legally Speaking Podcast

In this episode we are joined by Ami Law – a Solicitor within our Clinical Negligence department to discuss misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer.

Listen to our Legally Speaking podcast here: