Cancer has various stages of development, the sooner cancer is detected this provides patients with a better potential prognosis. If opportunities are missed to diagnose and treat cancer, the cancer will develop to a more advanced stage as a consequence the delay will have made a difference to the outcome. Unfortunately, the effect is extremely serious. However, a delay of a few months will not normally make a difference.
A delay in diagnosis of cancer can occur when:
– X-rays and scans were misinterpreted
– Tissue samples and smears were wrongly interpreted by pathologists
– Adequate investigation was not carried out.