Extensive research means that progress in the fight against breast cancer is fast moving and the success rates for treatments are improving year-on-year, yet breast cancer remains the most prevalent cancer in the UK.

Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms, but usually shows as a lump or thickening in the breast tissue, armpit tissue or changes to the nipple. In most cases, these symptoms do not transpire to be cancer, however it is important to visit a GP with any concerns.

If a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, following a triple assessment, a patient will be offered a combination of treatments that may include, surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or biological treatments.

Medical treatment in the UK is largely above average, however, in some cases, patients are provided with unsatisfactory medical advice and care. GPs failing to refer patients for further tests, insufficient tests being carried out, delay in diagnosis, misinterpreted mammograms or failure to carry out a triple assessment can have a devastating impact on the prognosis of a patient.

Equally, negligent treatment, can prove to have life-changing consequences for patients. Thompsons has represented patients of Dr Ian Paterson, who carried out the controversial ‘cleavage sparing’ surgical procedure, which put his patients’ health and recovery at risk by using a technique that created a 40-50% chance of cancer reoccurring.

Thompsons' solicitor, Madeleine Pinschof, said:

"Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and impacts the lives of thousands of women every year.

"It is vital that those battling this devastating illness receive the best standards of care, yet patients are being let down by substandard medical treatment in their diagnosis and treatment.

"At Thompsons, we have successfully represented breast cancer patients who have been the victim of clinical negligence, including patients of Dr Paterson. At Thompsons, we endeavour to restore justice to those patients whose health and well-being has been damaged by the negligent, and at times reckless, actions of medical professionals."