Did you know that kidney cancer is the eighth most common type of cancer in the UK, with 9,300 people diagnosed every year? The kidneys exist to filter waste products from our blood and produce urine. Kidney cancer causes cells in the kidneys to multiply and grow uncontrollably. There are a number of different types of kidney cancer but the most common is renal cell carcinoma (RCC), which accounts for around 80% of cases.
Kidney cancer can be hard to diagnose as there are often no symptoms in the early stages. Later stages may produce symptoms including blood in the urine, a lump in the abdomen or pain below the ribs. You may also experience fever, unexplained weight loss and a feeling of being generally unwell. If you do have symptoms, your GP will normally take a urine sample and blood test, then refer you to hospital, where further scans can confirm your diagnosis.
Treatment for kidney cancer depends on if the cancer has spread. Surgery aims to remove cancer cells, and if the cancer is caught whilst still contained in the kidney, the outlook is good. Failure to diagnose kidney cancer could mean it spreads, and the outlook for this is not so good. Radiotherapy or drug treatments may be needed and only one in ten people will live for at least five years.
Next steps to claiming compensation
If you have been affected by your GP’s failure to diagnose kidney cancer, the good news is that there is something you can do about it. Don’t sit back and feel frustrated; contact a personal injury lawyer to see whether you could claim compensation for your pain and suffering. Failure to diagnose a condition could be classed as medical negligence, and if you have needed time off work to recover from surgery or other treatment, your loss of earnings will be taken into account when you make a claim.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today
You need a personal injury lawyer you can trust, so get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have 14 years’ experience handling medical negligence claims, and have helped hundreds of people just like you to claim the compensation they deserve. We’re here to listen, answer your questions and offer advice, in confidence, with no obligation to proceed. So you really do have nothing to lose by calling our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500 – we’re here 24/7 to take your call. However your failed diagnosis has affected your life, get in touch with us.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown