Bile Duct Cancer Misdiagnosis
Bile duct cancer is rare and affect the small tubes connecting the liver and small intestine. It usually affects adults over the age of 65.
Cholangiocarcinoma (or bile duct cancer)
This affects the small tubes connecting the liver and small intestine. The tubes allow bile (a fluid used in assisting digestion) to flow from the liver, through the pancreas and into the gut.
There are not usually any symptoms of bile duct cancer until it develops enough to block the bile ducts. At that point, it can cause jaundice, itchy skin, loss of appetite, tiredness and abdominal paid as well as discoloured stools and urine.
Bile duct cancer can be misdiagnosed because symptoms in the later stages are similar to other illnesses. Jaundice for instance is caused by a build-up of bilirubin in blood and tissues. Misdiagnosis may occur because your medical professional identifies illnesses such as fatty acid and liver abscess.
Cancer needs to be diagnosed early and correctly so you have the best chances of recovery. If mistakes are made by medical professionals, your diagnosis might be delayed and it may mean your cancer is harder to treat, or has become terminal.
You may have a medical negligence claim if a medical professional failed to:
- Examine you correctly
- Refer you to a cancer specialist
- Recognise and investigate symptoms properly
- Refer you for Ultrasound, MRI and CT scans
- Send you for the correct tests
- Give you the correct treatment
Is cancer often misdiagnosed?
The NHSLA, the body that looks after all claims made against the NHS, say their figures show that in 2014/15 cancer was the second most misdiagnosed condition they received claims for.
How do we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their life, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
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If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.