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Delayed Diagnosis of Bladder Cancer

If you have suffered because of a delayed bladder cancer diagnosis, you need to know what your options are. Read on to find out more, or contact one of our medical negligence solicitors today for a free initial enquiry.

Consequences of a delay in diagnosing bladder cancer

Like most cancers, bladder cancer is a condition that can be effectively treated, so long as it is caught in the early stages of the disease. If the tumour is allowed to grow and to spread via secondary tumours (known as metastases) there will be two, very serious consequences.

Firstly, it will be necessary for the patient to undergo extensive treatment, something which might have been avoided with an early diagnosis. For example, it is likely the bladder will need to be removed and replaced with an ileal conduit. This is when urine is collected in a small bag on the outside of the body. Furthermore, it is probable that chemotherapy and radiotherapy will be required to prevent the cancer from spreading any further. Both treatments can have very unpleasant side-effects, including extreme nausea and vomiting, hair loss, fatigue, neuropathy (damage to the nerves) and lymphoedema (swelling in the body's tissues).

Secondly, it is possible that a delayed bladder cancer diagnosis will reduce a patient's lifespan. Indeed, the invasive treatment as described above may not be enough to treat the tumour, meaning a patient will face a shortened life expectancy.

Have you suffered because of a delayed cancer diagnosis?

If your bladder cancer was diagnosed in the latter stages of the disease, you will of course be going through a very difficult time. Cancer treatment can be particularly traumatic, and you will undoubtedly be worried about the future.

But this will be even harder to digest if your delay in diagnosis was the direct result of medical error. Unfortunately this does happen, and we have sadly acted for clients who have sought help for symptoms consistent with bladder cancer, only to be repeatedly misdiagnosed. Sometimes this can continue for years on end.

If this has happened to you or your loved one, you need to speak to a solicitor. This is because if you were presenting characteristics symptoms of bladder cancer, but doctors failed to make a diagnosis, the level of care will have fallen to a substandard level. If this has caused you further pain and suffering, which could otherwise have been avoided, you will be entitled to compensation.

To find out more about making a claim for a delayed bladder cancer diagnosis, contact us today.

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