Renal cancer, also known as kidney cancer, is the eighth most common type of cancer in the UK, with around 9,300 people diagnosed each year; it’s more common in men and in the over 50’s. In around 50% of cases, kidney cancer has no symptoms and the cancer is often detected during tests for other conditions. However, symptoms can include a lump in your tummy, blood in urine and constant pain below your ribs. Failure to diagnose renal cancer can lead to a delay in treatment, which could limit your options and prognosis. The kidneys exist to filter waste products from the blood and to produce urine and only one kidney is usually affected by cancer. If your GP suspects you may have kidney cancer, they may refer you for further tests. There are several different types of renal cancer including renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common type which makes up 80% of all renal cancers, transitional cell cancer and Wilms’ tumour. The outlook is generally good if diagnosed early and treated before the cancer has spread. Removal or all or some of the kidney is possible and since chemotherapy isn’t very effective, surgery is usually the suggested treatment. If the cancer has spread outside the kidney, radiotherapy or drug therapies may be used. Failure to diagnose renal cancer could lead to the cancer spreading to other parts of the body and only one in 10 people will live for at least five years after diagnosis if this happens.
Have you been diagnosed with renal cancer?
If you doctor has failed to diagnose renal cancer and you have suffered as a result, or if someone you love has died as a result of a delayed diagnosis, you may be wondering if you can claim compensation. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will provide you with further information and provided it has not been more than three years since the incident, you may be eligible to claim. A personal injury lawyer will consult with medical experts to gather evidence in support of your claim, taking into account pain and suffering caused as well as loss of earnings.
Claiming medical negligence compensation
Because we have been in business since 2000, we have the experience handling medical negligence claims. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our team of professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so that’s one less thing to worry about. We know the aftermath of any serious illness can be a traumatic time, whether it is you who has been ill or a family member. Why not get in touch today for confidential, no-obligation advice to discuss your circumstances?
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown