This month we are looking at the failure to diagnose cancer and the failure to refer patients who display recurring symptoms.
The consequences of the delay in cancer diagnosis vary in severity. This depends on how long the delay has been and how long the cancer has been present. Nevertheless even the shortest of delays can make a difference.
A patient may experience the same symptoms for a period of time and therefore attend their GP or hospital as they are concerned about an aspect of their health. However, they may find that their symptoms are not taken seriously. Sometimes a patient’s condition can initially be missed. This can be through a failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or a failure to refer. For patients that experience certain symptoms there should be an urgent referral within a 2 week period and this is not always the case.
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