Kidney cancer is the eighth most common type of cancer in adults in the UK, with around 9,300 people diagnosed every year. The symptoms can include pain beneath the ribs, a lump in the abdomen or blood in urine (haematuria), however over 50% of those diagnosed will show no symptoms at all. Add to that the fact that many of the symptoms of kidney cancer can be indicative of other illnesses which are often less serious and it’s easy to see how failure to diagnose kidney cancer can occur. If your GP suspects you may have kidney cancer, they will usually send you for an ultrasound, but they may also refer you for urological tests, an IVU (urinary tract x-ray), urine cytology, to check for cancerous cells in urine or a flexible cystoscopy, which looks inside your bladder. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can help prevent the cancer from spreading – failure to diagnose could cause it to spread and you may even be diagnosed with terminal cancer. Caught early, surgery to remove the cancerous cells or the kidney completely is the most popular method of treatment (it’s possible to survive with only one kidney). For cancer which has spread, drugs and radiotherapy may be used. If failure to diagnose kidney cancer has affected your quality of life and led to loss of earnings, you may be considering claiming compensation.
First steps to claiming clinical negligence compensation
If earlier diagnosis and treatment of your kidney cancer could have prevented you from pain and suffering, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Perhaps your kidney cancer has spread and you have undergone radiotherapy, taking time off work and suffering from loss of earnings. This could have been avoided had your GP diagnosed your cancer earlier. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to find out whether claiming compensation is viable – they will explain your legal position to you and offer advice to allow you to decide what to do next; ultimately, it is your decision.
Accident Advice Helpline and medical negligence
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have helped hundreds of people claim compensation for medical negligence, from birth injury claims to misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose claims, so why not let us help you? Because all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, there are no expensive upfront fees to worry about and if you’re unsure about the claims process, we offer confidential advice, with no obligation to proceed. You really do have nothing to lose by calling our freephone helpline today – we are open 24/7.