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If you or a family member have experienced a prostate cancer misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation, but to be successful you will need expert advice from a medical negligence solicitor.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men from the United Kingdom, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Normally the disease is slow to progress and the symptoms can be managed, but where the misdiagnosis of prostate cancer occurs, your ability to lead a normal, happy life can be severely affected. Should this happen to you, you may be entitled to make a prostate cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim.
If the actions (or in-actions) of the medical professional responsible for your care result in a delayed diagnosis (or even the total absence of any diagnosis) of prostate cancer, and therefore causes delays in getting you vital treatment, then you could be entitled to make a claim for prostate cancer misdiagnosis.
If you decide to proceed with a medical negligence claim, the extent to which these failings have negatively impacted your condition will be factored into any compensation calculation.
GPs have been trained to recognise the signs of prostate cancer and to take swift action where it has become a potential threat to their patients. As such, there are a number of scenarios that might be considered negligence and therefore entitle you to make a claim for prostate cancer misdiagnosis:
There are potentially more scenarios where it may be appropriate to claim for the misdiagnosis of prostate cancer, so if you’re unsure as to whether you have been the victim of medical negligence, it’s important that you speak to a legal expert at the earliest opportunity.
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with prostate cancer misdiagnosis claims. We’re recognised by the Legal 500 as offering some of the very best advice and support in the South East, and when you make a prostate cancer misdiagnosis claim with us, we’ll fight to secure you the very highest compensation sum obtainable according to your circumstances.
At Blackwater Law we understand that a prostate cancer misdiagnosis can have a devastating effect on your ability to go about your daily routine, creating financial and social pressures that make it impossible to put together funding for a medical negligence compensation claim. That’s why we conduct all medical negligence claims for our clients on a no win, no fee basis.
That means if we don’t secure you compensation for your misdiagnosis of prostate cancer – you will never have to pay us a penny. What’s more, our fees will always remain subject to strict UK governmental limitations, whilst the amount of compensation you could potentially receive has no upper cap.
NICE guidelines outline four primary types / stages of prostate cancer:
The early stages of prostate cancer do not normally produce symptoms, as these do not manifest until the prostate has grown large enough to apply pressure to your urethra.
When this becomes the case however, you may begin to notice the following:
The mere fact that your prostate has become enlarged is not itself indicative of prostate cancer, as prostate enlargement condition (sometimes referred to as “benign prostatic hyperplasia”) is common in older men and not necessarily dangerous.
You should be more alarmed if the aforementioned symptoms are accompanied by the likes of the following, as they can be an indication that prostate cancer has developed and spread to other areas of your body:
The diagnostic process for prostate cancer should be sufficiently streamlined so that misdiagnosis should not occur, with doctors well-versed as to its indications and potential prognosis – thanks to detailed NICE guidelines issued in 2015.
Upon presenting to your GP with symptoms of prostate cancer, a rectal examination should be carried out to check if your prostate has become enlarged. This can sometimes be referred to as a digital rectal examination or DRE.
There is no single, 100% reliable test for the condition, but your doctor should ask for a urine sample to test for infection and look for a protein known as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). PSA levels can become elevated where the patient has prostate cancer, but also when other conditions are taking hold too, so this test alone is not conclusive.
Should your doctor still have concerns following blood tests and your DRE, you should be referred to hospital for further testing by a specialist. They will then most likely perform a biopsy, which is the removal of affected tissues for examination under a microscope. In most cases, a trans-rectal ultrasound-guided biopsy (TRUS) will be administered, although biopsies may also be conducted during a cystoscopy examination or via the skin behind the testicles (known as the perineum).
If further testing is required you may be subject to an MRI or CT scan in order to build up an interior picture of your body, or an isotope scan to discern whether or not cancerous cells have spread to your bones. In the latter case, a small amount of radioactive dye will be injected into your veins, which will subsequently accumulate in areas of bones displaying abnormalities.
Doctors should proceed with the utmost care and attention at each stage of the diagnostic process, as any missed details or misinterpreted results can lead to a prostate cancer misdiagnosis and subsequently a great deal of unnecessary suffering for the patient.
There is no definitive cause for the onset of prostate cancer, but a number of factors can elevate the risk of contracting the disease:
A team of specialists from a number of related fields, known as the multidisciplinary team (MDT) should meet to discuss the nature and course of any prospective treatment. The stage your prostate cancer has reached and whether or not it has spread should form the basis of this discussion, as well as your underlying health and state of mind.
Treatment paths are known to include:
Where a prostate cancer misdiagnosis occurs, it increases the likelihood of you requiring more aggressive, interventionist treatment. This can carry a greater risk of side effects, and your overall prognosis may look less positive than it might have otherwise. Where this can be demonstrated, it will have a significant impact on any prospective compensation claim you make.
Our medical negligence solicitors handle cancer misdiagnosis claims pertaining to a diverse array of the disease’s various forms. We’ve successfully handled skin cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer misdiagnosis claims and we look forward to providing advice and support to anyone who has been subjected to a negligent prostate cancer diagnosis.
Whether you want to make a claim or just need more information before you decide, you’re welcome to speak to one of our experts today. Time restrictions can apply in some cases however, so it’s important to get in contact at your earliest possible convenience.
It was a long slow process but Jason kept us informed all the way.
Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors acted for Mr L in a medical negligence claim in the High Court after he was misdiagnosed. The misdiagnosis meant he went on to suffer a serious stroke-causing life-limiting disability.