With more money being ploughed into cancer research than ever before, the press are reporting on an anti-cancer cap that generates an electric field and has doubled the chances of brain tumour patients surviving for five years.
It is reported that participants who used the device while undergoing chemotherapy had a 13% chance of survival over five years, compared to 5% of those who only had chemotherapy.
Used to treat patients following surgery or radiation, the device requires users to place strips of electrodes on their shaved scalp.
It’s designed to be worn for 18 hours a day, generates only a mild heat and can be covered up with a hat.
It is amazing that so much research is taking place as a result of increased funding and ongoing commitment by charitable organisations. Yet, many of our clients find that they are let down by the system before they get their diagnosis.
It does not matter how advanced cancer treatments are if there is a failure earlier on in the system with patients not being diagnosed promptly and, therefore, not being referred for treatment in a timely manner.
At Swain & Co Solicitors we act for a number of clients who have experienced delays by their primary health care providers, their GPs, prison practice nurses and GPs or perhaps a Consultant at an Accident & Emergency department where significant symptoms or “red flag” symptoms were missed or simply ignored and there was a failure to follow these up with repeat tests or referral to a specialist.
When this happens it can cause significant delays. It can mean that the cancer becomes inoperative or, in extreme cases, that there is no appropriate treatment and the cancer has become too advanced or has spread meaning that it cannot be treated at all. The only option then is palliative care.
What do you do if this has happened to you or a loved one?
Call Swain & Co Solicitors. We are extremely experienced in dealing with cases like this. We can act for the patient themselves or their families in extreme cases where the illness has proved terminal. We guide our clients through the process with sensitive yet direct advice, we act quickly and effectively to get answers and advise you if there is a claim to be made.
“Coming to terms with a diagnosis of cancer is life changing. It is bewildering and frightening even when there are good prospects of survival. To know or suspect that the chances of remission or survival could have been improved with prompt diagnosis and/or treatment is a level of distress that should never have to be experienced. That is why work fast and hard to get answers for patients and/or their familities.”
Melanie Lidstone-Land and the Clinical Negligence team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who have experienced substandard treatment or a failure to provide treatment. If you, a family member or a friend have experienced problems regarding substandard medical treatment contact our team today on 023 92 483322.