Being told that you have cancer is an extremely distressing experience. You will be thinking about your treatment options, your prognosis and also how you are going to tell your family. However, subsequently being told that mistakes by one or more of your treating doctors caused a delay in your diagnosis is likely to leave you with even more questions, including whether the cancer could have been avoided altogether.
We do understand how distressed, upset and angry you must be, and that you are also worried about the outcome of your illness as a result of the delay in diagnosing your kidney cancer.
We can help you to understand your legal position and to decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence.
What are the symptoms of kidney cancer?
Some of the symptoms of kidney cancer can indicate other less serious illnesses and unless your GP sends you for an ultrasound your illness may be missed. Usually only one of your kidneys (you have two) will be affected.
Symptoms can include:
• Blood in your urine (haematuria)
• Pain beneath your ribs
• A lump in your tummy
You should be aware though, that over half of people who are diagnosed with kidney cancer suffer no symptoms at all.
What tests ought to have been done?
This will depend upon the symptoms that you presented to your doctor with. For example, if you went to see your GP complaining of blood in your urine then it is highly likely that a failure by your GP to refer you for urological testing will be found to have been negligent, especially if there is a significant amount. Under these circumstances the tests that ought to have been done to rule the kidney cancer in or out include:
• Urine cytology (a urine test to see if there are any cancerous cells present)
• IVU (an x-ray of the urinary tract following an injection of a clear dye into the blood stream)
• Flexible cystoscopy (a thin, flexible tube with a camera on it, used to look inside the bladder)
What are the treatment options?
Surgery is the most common treatment for kidney cancer. This is used to remove as much of the cancer cells from the kidney as possible, or even removing the kidney completely. It is possible to live a healthy life with only one kidney.
Chemotherapy is not normally very effective; however radiotherapy and other drug therapies can be used if the cancer has spread outside of the kidney.
Early diagnosis and treatment will always increase the chances of a better outcome, so any delay in diagnosis or missed opportunities by healthcare professionals may have a really serious impact on your recovery. It may mean that your cancer has spread outside the kidney and that you now have terminal cancer.
How Burroughs Day can help you
Our experienced medical negligence team are waiting to talk to you about your situation and to help you understand if you have suffered from negligence. We will make sure that we explain your legal position to you without using complicated legal language or jargon.
There are options available to you to fund your claim, including no win, no fee. We will discuss all of these options with you and advise you which one will provide you with the best outcome.
Our free, no obligation consultation can help you to be clear about making a claim and also be happy for us to represent you. Call us today and we’ll be happy to help.