What is Uterine Cancer?
Womb cancer (uterine cancer) is a common cancer, which affects the female reproductive system. It is also known as endometrial cancer, or simply uterus cancer.
What Causes Uterine Cancer?
The vast majority of womb cancers begin in the cells that make up the lining of the womb called the endometrium. It is not clear exactly what causes these cancers to emerge, but risk factors have been identified.
Hormone imbalance can cause heightened risk of womb cancer, particularly if high levels of oestrogen are present in a patient’s body. Hormone imbalances may be caused by a number of factors, including the menopause, obesity, diabetes and hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
It is not always possible to prevent womb cancer, but some things are thought to reduce your risk. This includes maintaining a healthy weight and the long-term use of some types of contraception.
What Are The Main Uterine Cancer Symptoms?
Abnormal vaginal bleeding is the most common symptom for cancer of the uterus.
After a woman’s menopause, any vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal, meaning GPs should immediately investigate. If a woman has not yet experienced the menopause, unusual bleeding may include bleeding between periods.
A GP should be consulted immediately if any unusual vaginal bleeding is experienced. Whilst there are a number of conditions sharing this as a symptom, making it unlikely that the bleeding is caused by cancer of the womb, it is important to know for sure because the disease must be caught and treated early for the best prognosis.
As womb cancer symptoms progress, other unwanted complications may occur for the patient. This might include:
- pain in the back, legs or pelvis
- loss of appetite
GPs have a responsibility to examine sufferers thoroughly and enquire about the symptoms experienced. If they suspect a serious issue or are unsure about a diagnosis, they should refer patients to a specialist for further tests.
Where a patient’s GP hasn’t gone to such lengths to explain their symptoms, causing their condition to worsen, the patient may be able to make a medical negligence claim for compensation.
How Is Endometrial Cancer Treated?
The most common treatment for uterine cancer is a hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the womb. A hysterectomy can cure womb cancer in its early stages, but causes the woman to become infertile. Alternatively, a type of hormone therapy may be attempted if the woman is yet to go through the menopause and would still like to have children. Surgery for womb cancer may also include the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
As with other types of cancer, radiotherapy or chemotherapy may also be used in conjunction with surgery. Even if the cancer is advanced and the chances of a cure are small, treatment can still help to relieve symptoms and prolong your life.
What Are The Complications Involved With Uterine Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Living with cancer is a constant challenge, which can be made infinitely worse by knowing medical negligence is the cause of a poor prognosis. For the best chance of recovery, it is imperative that uterine cancer be caught in its early stages – otherwise, treatment may prove unsuccessful, causing complications and even the loss of life.
Where a medical professional has failed to perform their duties of care in providing a quick diagnosis, leading to unnecessary complications in the case of you or a loved one, you may be able to make a medical malpractice claim.
Our Uterine Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims Experience
Errors arising from cases of uterine cancer misdiagnosis hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand the detrimental effect it has on victims, causing the cancer to worsen while the patient mistakenly assumes 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.
Uterine Cancer Resources
Our guide, How Will A Cancer Misdiagnosis Change Your Life? was written to provide information and guidance on how to deal with a cancer misdiagnosis, as well as highlighting the occurrence rates of these errors due to an overworked NHS.
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.
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