Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of death of cancer in woman, caused by the growth of abnormal cells in the one or both of the ovaries. With the ovaries producing such a rich combination of hormones, it provides an environment that can encourage the growth of ovarian cancer cells.
Causes of Ovarian Cancer
There is no specific evidence to suggest the root cause of ovarian cancer, however there is speculation that the cancer could be due to the mutation of certain genes. Suggested risk factors that can encourage the development of cancer include the breast cancer gene 1 and 2 (BRCA1 BRCA2). Other factors that have been thought to be higher risk cases for the development of ovarian cancer include women who have had never had children, women that have taken fertility drugs and women over 50.
If cancer is diagnosed at an early stage of development, the prognosis is usually positive, however because the symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very mild, and quite similar to other common conditions, it can be very difficult to diagnose and quite often missed or diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer
The symptoms of ovarian cancer are extremely elusive, however evidence does show that if the following symptoms are present together and occur on a daily basis, it may suggest ovarian cancer:
• Continuous pelvic and abdominal pain
• Extreme and unexplained bloating and weight gain
• Loss of appetite
• Frequent urination
• Diarrhoea and constipation
• Drastic and unexplained change in weight
• Menstrual abnormalities/ unexplained bleeding
If you feel you have a combination of these symptoms it is vital that you have a consultation with your GP who should send you for tests with a specialist. Some women are under the misconception that a smear test indicate ovarian cancer, however this isn’t the case. Ovarian cancer is normally diagnosed after ultrasound scans and blood tests issued by specialist gynaecology cancer team.
Treating Ovarian Cancer
The treatment process for ovarian cancer is very aggressive and usually involves a full hysterectomy with the surgical removal of both of the ovaries, the fallopian tubes and uterus. To make sure the cancer doesn’t spread any further additional treatment requires removing any lymph nodes or abdominal tissue that appears in the surrounding areas. Following on from this a course of chemotherapy is usually prescribed to kill any of the remaining cancer cells, or to slow down the growth of cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.
Prognosis for Ovarian Cancer
For the best chance of recovery of ovarian cancer it must be caught in its early stages, otherwise treatment may prove to be unsuccessful. With many ovarian cancer cases being misdiagnosed however, more than half of all ovarian cancer sufferers will die of the disease.
Because most women show very vague symptoms with ovarian cancer in its early stages it is often misdiagnosed, and goes without treatment until it becomes advanced. Doctors have a responsibility to take all the necessary precautions to diagnose illnesses when the symptoms are presented to them, or do not ease after a certain period of time. If pain or discomfort has been persistent and no alternative diagnosis has been made, then it could lead to a delayed recognition and ultimately fatalities if the ovarian cancer develops too far.
How you may have a claim
If you have had an ovarian cancer misdiagnosis, when you presented the doctor with any of the above symptoms, or asked to be checked for ovarian cancer but were denied testing them you could be eligible for a claim on the basis of clinical negligence.
With little medical expertise, it can be hard for victims to come forward with a complaint about their missed cancer diagnosis or delayed cancer diagnosis. So we do our utmost to ensure that the cancer claims process is as easy and as undemanding as possible. There are time limits in place for making claims of this kind however, so you need to be quick.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your case for ovarian cancer misdiagnosis compensation. To help, we have specialist teams in place ready to aid you in acquiring any support to you which you are entitled; and we also have a variety of options available that will assist you in making your claim. In the event that your case is successful, we will work to manage your ovarian cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim in the most beneficial way to you.
Why Should I Make an Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim?
If you have misdiagnosed with ovarian cancer through medical negligence then you are more than entitled to apply for ovarian cancer misdiagnosis compensation. This delay may have affected your life in a very negative way that need not have happened if the diagnosis was made earlier. Making a claim for ovarian cancer misdiagnosis can help regain your quality of life, with the money helping to contribute towards the cost of having a loss of earnings, compensation for unnecessary emotional and physical suffering any health care costs that may have arose during treatment etc. Patients that have been misdiagnosed should not feel apprehensive about making medical negligence claim as doctors have a duty of care that needs to be provided, and failing to do so can lead to devastating consequences that deserve to be compensated.
What do I do next?
If you, or a loved one has suffered from a ovarian cancer misdiagnosis as a form of clinical negligence then you should contact us for further information and advice about your potential ovarian cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
At Asons we have an experienced team of solicitors that are experts in dealing with ovarian cancer misdiagnosis claims and clinical negligence that will be able to build a case and offer you support in claiming damages for the sub-standard care that you have suffered.
There are time limits in place for claims such as these so it is important that you contact us as soon as possible to discuss your claim.
To find out if you have a potentially successful ovarian cancer misdiagnosis claim, you can call us on: 01204 521 133 where one of our medical negligence experts will be happy to discuss your circumstances or answer any queries. Alternatively, you can fill out our enquiry form on the right.