Cancer Misdiagnosis

Being misdiagnosed with cancer can have an huge impact on not just your life but also your families. Our nationwide team of solicitors can help you with all types oncology claims

Being misdiagnosed with cancer can leave you and your loved ones with mental scars to last a lifetime. It is incredibly important that any cancers are diagnosed correctly and as early as possible to help with the treatment and improve a persons chances in their battle.

If you’ve been misdiagnosed with cancer or been told that you’re clear, only to later be diagnosed you may be entitled to claim compensation.

If you believe this has happened to you, fill out a form or give us a call on the number below to speak with one of our experienced lawyers. We are more than happy to answer your queries and assist you with your matter should you choose to instruct us.

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What does being misdiagnosed mean? 

It is often viewed as the silent killer that has no cure. However, much research shows that the chances of surviving are much greater if diagnosis is achieved promptly. You may have a cancer negligence claim if there has been a delay in your diagnosis or if you have been incorrectly diagnosed with either having a cancer that isn’ there or being told you don’t have cancer when you do.

This may be due to your GP failing to refer you to the hospital for further investigation. Or the hospital may fail to follow up test results or incorrectly report results of scans.

It may be that a delay in diagnosis has unfortunately meant the prospects of successful treatment are reduced rr that you require more invasive treatment.

Common problems that arise in relation to cancer include the following:

  • Failure to recognise early signs
  • Delay in diagnosis
  • Failure to treat and/or delay in treating
  • Clinical/ Surgical error
  • Mixing up of tissue samples
  • Misinterpretation of results

How often is cancer misdiagnosed? 

According to a survey carried out by All.Can Cancer the rate of cancers being misdiagnosed was 32%. The survey conducted was carried out on just under 4000 patients. The survey asked patients about their experiences with the diagnostic process and the feedback was surprising. It must be noted however, that the % in which misdiagnosis occurs varies greatly on the type of cancer.

Cancers found in the head, neck or brain were more commonly misdiagnosed due to the complex nature of symptoms for these types of cancers.

How we can help:

If you’ve suffered unnecessarily because of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer we can help to support you with your claim.

We deal with all variety of cancer misdiagnosis including:

Some of our cases

  1. We are instructed by the widow of a man. He passed away following a delay in diagnosing his throat cancer. His GP failed to follow National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance. This was despite him meeting the criteria for throat cancer on a number of visits to his GP and requiring an urgent referral to hospital. Tragically, our client’s husband passed away after a difficult battle with the disease
  2. Our client was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Her diagnosis should have been many months earlier but was missed by the radiology team. Sadly, our client passed away recently.

We are here to help you

Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers have years of experiencing in pursuing complex oncology claims.

We pride ourselves on providing a personalised service for each and every one of our clients; we understand that every person is unique, so we ensure that your legal service are too.

No Win No Fee:

If you have been given the wrong blood type and have suffered an illness or injury because of this, it is normally considered to be negligent and a claim can be brought.

Youngs Law offer no win, no fee for all of our medical negligence claims, so if you don’t win your case and receive compensation, you don’t pay us a penny. We will also wait for any fee to be paid to us when you receive you compensation and not upon winning you case.

Meet the team

For further information and confidential advice from our team of specialist solicitors, please contact a member of our team or call us on

033 33 582 583

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