New Approaches to Cancer at the AvMA Conference

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I recently attended the annual Action against Medical Accidents Conference in Brighton where, as a lawyer with experience of helping cancer sufferers, I was interested to hear from Professor Alastair J Munro.

The Professor spoke about the way in which cancer survival rates have improved in recent years. He also described how surgery and radiotherapy are now complemented by systemic therapies such as hormones, cytotoxic drugs and biological agents.

Professor Munro said that the UK has some 2 million people suffering from cancer. The incidence of cancer is actually increasing because, quite simply, people are living longer. At the same time, there is no “cure” for cancer. Following a course of successful treatment, it is very difficult to prove that all cancerous cells have disappeared from a human body, but the point is that the patient returns to a normal life or their life is extended.

He also spoke in favour of restoring the patient to the centre stage, and rediscovering the art of clinical observation. He also advocated limiting by legislation, the power of the medical industrial complex.

While it is pleasing to hear that cancer survival rates are increasing, ensuring that patients receive an early diagnosis and the right type of treatment will help increase these figures further.

A delay in cancer diagnosis can affect the type of treatment you need. For example, radiotherapy may be avoidable if your cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. Similarly, an early diagnosis of cancer may avoid painful courses of chemotherapy.  Late cancer diagnosis can also lead to surgical procedures that may not have been necessary if your cancer had been diagnosed earlier.

Our lawyers are acutely aware of the implications of a delay, from the physical and psychological harm a delay in cancer diagnosis can cause to the potential for loss of life. Patients may need help to pay for medical treatment, expenses or to cover loss of earnings – which is where we can help. 

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