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Delayed Diagnosis of Tongue Cancer

Delayed Diagnosis of Tongue Cancer

If your loved one died of tongue cancer because doctors failed to diagnose and treat the condition in a timely manner, you could be entitled to pursue a claim on behalf of the estate.

Tongue cancer symptoms

Tongue cancer can either appear at the front of the tongue or the base of the tongue, which is situated in the throat.

The symptoms of tongue cancer can at first appear fairly non-specific. They include:

  • Sore throat
  • Ear ache
  • Swollen tongue
  • Difficulty swallowing food, with food sticking in the throat
  • Difficulty moving the tongue

These symptoms can often be mistaken by medical professionals as being indicative of other, more minor conditions such as: dental abscess, glossitis and ulcers.

Delayed diagnosis

However, if tongue cancer is misdiagnosed the consequences can be devastating. This is because the cancer can quickly spread to the lymph nodes in the neck. Once the lymph nodes have becomes cancerous, it will be much harder to treat successfully.

A patient's physical condition will also deteriorate once the tongue cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, as it will become increasingly difficult to chew, swallow or talk. A patient may therefore need to be fed through a tube, and may be left to endure great suffering during their final months.

Delayed diagnosis and medical negligence

If medical practitioners failed to diagnose tongue cancer, adversely affecting a patient's prognosis, there may a case of medical negligence. This might occur if:

  • A GP fails to spot the symptoms of tongue cancer
  • A GP fails to refer a patient to a specialist for further investigation
  • A specialist fails to accurately assess a patient's test results
  • Doctors fail to note a patient's progressive deterioration and order more tests
  • The correct course of treatment is not provided

To find out if you, or your family member, has been subject to a delayed tongue cancer diagnosis, you should talk to a lawyer today.

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At Glynns Solicitors, we specialise in medical negligence claims. We have successfully helped cancer patients and their families pursue a claim for a delay in diagnosis. This includes one elderly woman who died because doctors did not diagnose her tongue cancer for over one year.

To find out if you can sue a GP or hospital for poor tongue cancer care, please get in touch with our team of friendly solicitors. We will discuss your case with you, suggesting what options are available.

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