A brain tumour is an abnormal growth of cells on the brain which may, or may not, be cancerous. Benign tumours can often be easily removed in surgery but malignant brain tumours are more difficult to treat. If you have any unexplained headaches, seizures or experience any unexplained symptoms such as loss of vision, contact a doctor who should then refer you for further tests. Benign tumours are classed as low-grade as they are unlikely to spread and are unlikely to grow at a fast pace.
However, malignant tumours spread fast and can reach other areas of the brain and also to the spine. In these cases, symptoms may manifest depending on the area of the brain that is affected. Treatment consists of surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible. This is often followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy to try and prevent its return. Although treatment can be effective, tumours of this nature can return in the future so careful monitoring is necessary. Some tumours can be found in other areas of the body and can then spread to the brain. In these cases, treatment aims to prolong life as much as possible. If you have suffered from a failure to diagnose a brain tumour then you may have been a victim of negligence.
Failure to diagnose a brain tumour
Brain tumours are likely to progress and grow in size or in number without treatment therefore it is essential that they are diagnosed in order to treat them effectively. Malignant brain tumours are often easily detectable upon undertaking the relevant scans and if a potential tumour is suspected, patients should be referred for tests as soon as possible. A failure to diagnose a brain tumour in a patient can result in quick progression and it can result in mortality if surgery is no longer possible. Where there is evidence of negligence and your tumour has progressed or a family member has suffered because of an undiagnosed tumour, you can make a compensation claim.
Calling for assistance
Accident Advice Helpline is available 24/7 and is free to call on 0800 689 0500 for those seeking no-obligation advice regarding a compensation claim. Where there is evidence that medical negligence took place and you or a family member has suffered an undiagnosed brain tumour, you may be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially during your time of need. Our team of experts can give you an idea on how much compensation you may win and will represent you, presenting evidence to help your case.