Delays in Cancer Treatment Patient

Alarming Delays In Cancer Treatment During COVID-19

Delays in cancer treatment are becoming more and more common during COVID-19. Cancer is a daunting life-threatening condition that must be diagnosed in a good time and treated accordingly to increase the chances of a positive outcome. The NHS has been dealing with cancer immaculately; in most cases diagnosing the illness promptly and treating it correctly. However, due to COVID-19, the hospitals have been overflowing, putting cancer patients lower on the priority list. According to research, there has been a huge amount of misdiagnosis and late diagnosis of cancer, and cancer referral dropped by 350,000 since 2019, during the pandemic.

Statistics of delays in cancer treatment

Around half of the people who are currently having cancer treatment faced disruptions such as cancellations, changes and delays in cancer during COVID-19, including:

  • 6% have had a test, scan or treatment cancelled.
  • 29% of patients having treatment have had at least one test, scan or treatment delayed or rescheduled.
  • 8% had to travel to a different hospital from their usual one.

For more information about this topic read the Macmillan research of The impact of Covid-19 on cancer care.

How has COVID-19 affected cancer patients 

It has been a lot harder for cancer patients to get adequate treatment during COVID-19, due to having to isolate and precautions being high in hospitals. Before any significant procedure, families and the patient must self-isolate for two weeks before and after the patient returns home.

If any symptoms of coronavirus are shown and if they test positive, they must self-isolate, which can seriously cause delays in cancer treatment and the procedure. Any delays in procedures can have a detrimental negative impact on anyone and reduce the chances of a successful recovery or even survival.

There also have been immense delays in the diagnosis of cancer. As it has been a lot harder to get referred to a hospital, to get any necessary scans that may help with the diagnosis. With the delay of cancer diagnosis comes delay in treatment, with thousands of patients sending complaint letters to the NHS hospitals, expressing their concern over their delayed cancer treatment.

Our solicitors understand delays in your cancer treatment can be extremely frustrating to your and your family, after being diagnosed with cancer, any individual wants to proceed with their process as soon as it is possible. If you have been affected by delays in your cancer treatment, we highly recommend you contact Solicitors On Your Side now, to get the fairest compensation for your case, enabling you to get back to your daily life, in the best possible way.

Have you been affected by delays in cancer treatment?

It is extremely important to treat any cancers as soon as possible to increase the chances of survival. If this isn’t done in a good time it can be extremely risky as cancers can spread at different rates. If you have been treated negligently by medical professionals, either by failing to diagnose your illness on time or delaying your treatment, you may be eligible to claim compensation with one of our experienced solicitors.

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