Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer in the UK, affecting over 6,500 women every year. Whilst it most commonly affects women after the menopause, it can occur at any age. There are several different types of ovarian cancer:
- Stromal tumours
- Germ cell tumours
- Epithelial ovarian cancer
The most common type is epithelial ovarian cancer. Symptoms of the disease can be hard to spot in the early stages, as they are similar to symptoms of PMS and IBS. The three most common symptoms to look out for are:
- Feeling nauseous or feeling full very quickly after eating
- Abdominal and pelvic pain which persists
- Persistent bloating and swollen abdomen
If you notice any of these symptoms persisting, see your GP, who will look at your family history of cancer and may carry out an internal exam. They may refer you to hospital for further blood tests and an ultrasound scan.
The type of treatment you receive will depend on your level of health, age and what stage the cancer is at. Failure to diagnose ovarian cancer could be dangerous as your outlook depends on how soon the cancer is treated and how far it as spread. A combination of chemotherapy and surgery is usually used for most patients.
Has your GP been negligent?
If you have seen your GP with symptoms of ovarian cancer and they have dismissed you, their failure to diagnose ovarian cancer could be deemed negligent. Delaying a diagnosis or failing to make one entirely could seriously affect your health – treatment will be delayed and the cancer has an opportunity to spread to other parts of the body, meaning there may be less chance of a full recovery. If you think your GP has been negligent, contact a personal injury lawyer for advice.
What can we do for you?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve helped hundreds of customers claim compensation for illness caused by failure to diagnose ovarian cancer, and a range of other conditions. No matter what has happened, we believe you deserve to be compensated if you have suffered as a result of medical negligence. Our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, recommends us for our high standards of customer service, and all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so contact us today and see what we can do for you. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice and it’s free to call on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown