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Unbearable Tamoxifen Symptoms may lead to a Rise in Breast Cancer

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 12/09/2013

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. However, survival rates of the disease have been steadily increasing over the past decade, because of innovations in breast screening, early diagnosis and treatment.

An important part of that has been the introduction of the drug tamoxifen, which is commonly used alongside radiotherapy or chemotherapy. It is recommended that patients take it for at least 5 years to stop the cancer coming back.

However, some women have reported troubling side effects that make a 5-year tamoxifen plan unbearable to live with.

Women not Sticking to Tamoxifen Treatment

A study published by the British Journal of Cancer has revealed that almost 40% of women are not completing their tamoxifen treatment.

There is no evidence to say why this is, but women who stop taking the drug risk their cancer coming back and a poorer quality of life.

Factors that Affect Cancer Treatment

However, there is a range of factors that can affect or influence someone's experience of cancer and their chance of survival. For example, it is possible for there to be a delay in their diagnosis or even a misdiagnosis.

Young people are often misdiagnosed because a mammogram, the test used to detect lumps in the breast, is only offered to women over 40.

A delay in diagnosis is a factor that can affect how well you respond to breast cancer treatment. Although many women are given tamoxifen, some are not and this could affect your cancer treatment.

Do I need legal advice?

If you have been misdiagnosed, there has been a delay in your diagnosis, or you were not given the right drugs, you could make a claim for medical negligence. Cancer is life threatening, and in some cases, a fatal disease if not treated in the right way.

If you were not prescribed tamoxifen and you should have been then your chances of survival have been slashed due to the negligence of medical staff. Due to this, you may now have higher than usual medical bills and have missed a better quality of life.

If this has happened to you, it is important you contact a solicitor straight away that deals with misdiagnosis and mistreatment claims. They will be able to help establish your chances of success and secure a compensation award to help pay for some of your medical expenses. Find out more.

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