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Roughly 7000 women are unfortunately diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year, and in 2011 alone, 4,272 deaths occurred from the disease. These deaths are made even harder to contemplate when they result from misdiagnosis. Where this occurs, a medical malpractice claim may be built.
Ovarian cancer is caused by the growth of ovarian cysts – abnormal cells in one or both of the ovaries. A woman’s ovaries produce several necessary hormones which can encourage the growth of cancer cells.
The root cause of ovarian cancer is undetermined, though there is speculation that the cancer could be due to the mutation of certain genes. Suggested risk factors that encourage the development of cancer include the breast cancer gene 1 and 2 (BRCA1 + BRCA2). Those at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer include women who have never had children, those who have taken fertility drugs, and women over 50.
When it is diagnosed in its early stages of development, the ovarian cancer prognosis is usually positive. However, because symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very mild and resemble other common conditions, it can be very difficult to diagnose early, meaning it is frequently only discovered at an advanced stage.
Ovarian cancer symptoms are notoriously elusive. However, evidence shows that if the following symptoms are present and occur daily, ovarian cancer may be the cause:
If a combination of these symptoms are present, a GP should send the patient for tests with a specialist following the initial consultation.
A GP will take a physical examination of the patient before referring to a specialist if ovarian cancer is suspected. It is a common misconception that a smear test indicates ovarian cancer. In fact, ovarian cancer is normally diagnosed after ultrasound scans, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and blood tests, which can all detect a physical mass when issued by a specialist gynaecology cancer team.
The treatment process for ovarian cancer is very aggressive. It 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 removal of any lymph nodes, or abdominal tissue which may appear in the surrounding areas. Following this, a course of chemotherapy is usually prescribed to kill any of the remaining cancer cells which may have spread to other parts of the body, slowing down their growth.
For the best chance of recovery, it is imperative that ovarian cancer be caught in its early stages – otherwise, treatment may prove unsuccessful. Owing to the late diagnosis in so many cases, more than half of all ovarian cancer sufferers will die of the disease.
Doctors have a responsibility to take all the necessary precautions, diagnosing illnesses when the symptoms are presented to them. If pain or discomfort has been persistent, and no alternative diagnosis made, delayed treatment may occur which ultimately leads to fatalities due to the disease being allowed to manifest.
If you, or someone close to you, presented the doctor with any of the above symptoms, or asked to be checked for ovarian cancer but were denied, you may be eligible for a claim on the basis of clinical negligence.
Errors arising from cases of ovarian cancer misdiagnosis hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand the detrimental effect it has on victims as the cancer worsens while they mistakenly assume they have a less severe condition. This is coupled with the psychological stress from being let down by a trusted medical professional. We know that victims and their families are often hesitant to come forward with their claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your clinical negligence case. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We help acquire all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of substandard treatment, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all of the appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved, substantiating your medical claim.
If you would like to make a claim you can fill out our claim form located to your right. Alternatively, you could use our contact details found in the footer.
As with any claim, you may be worried about the potential costs of pursuing your case. We have a variety of options available that will help you; and we will aid you in acquiring all the assistance you are entitled to whilst managing any resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. You need to be quick however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.