Glioblastoma is a type of cancerous tumour which affects the glial cells in the brain and is the most common malignant brain tumour found in patients. The tumour is also the most aggressive meaning that it is often fatal once discovered. The main symptom of glioblastoma is progressive memory and personality impairment. Other symptoms include memory loss, headaches, vomiting, seizures and total paralysis on one side of the body.
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be one known cause for this kind of tumour but there are some associations with having certain genetic disorders and contracting some rare viruses. As the tumour is the most aggressive, many treatments associated with other kinds of malignant cells do not have any affect. The cells are resistant to conventional chemotherapy but radiotherapy has some benefits. Surgery is usually the first treatment method used to remove as much of the tumour as possible without causing injury to the brain. There are some other treatments used to improve the neurological symptoms associated with a glioblastoma. Research is ongoing regarding gene therapy and other treatment methods. A failure to diagnose glioblastoma can result in mortality as the tumour is likely to progress without any form of therapy.
What you can do
If your doctor has failed to address the known symptoms of glioblastoma and there have been delays in testing as a result, you may have a case for negligence. If there is a complete failure to diagnose glioblastoma after testing you may also be able to claim compensation if your illness progresses as a result. If you have a family member who has suffered a tragic loss of life because of a failure to diagnose glioblastoma in time for surgical treatment, then you are also able to claim compensation for your loss. You may be able to claim compensation for any loss of money coming into your home or any medical bills you may have paid to get a second opinion.
Accident Advice Helpline
As a failure to diagnose glioblastoma can result in tragedy, we understand that money is no replacement for your loss. However, we also believe it is your right to hold those responsible liable for their mistakes where there is evidence that medical negligence took place. Any compensation sum you win will help you cope financially with any unforeseen costs you have incurred as a result of your loss and any loss of wages or money coming into the home. Our no win, no fee policy means that you can only benefit financially and our team are available to speak to free on our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.