Bladder Cancer Misdiagnosis
In 80% of cases, bladder cancer is caught in its early stages making treatment more favourable. There are two main types of bladder cancer called Non-invasive and Invasive or Advanced bladder cancer.
Non-invasive bladder cancer only affects the inner lining whereas invasive bladder cancer has spread deeper into the bladder walls.
Bladder cancer may appear in different forms such as:
Transitional cell bladder cancer
Also known as urothelial carcinoma, it is the most common form of bladder cancer. It starts in the lining of the bladder known as the urothelium.
Carcinoma in situ
A fast growing cancer which appears as a flat red area in the bladder. Although this is a non-invasive type of cancer meaning it does not spread, without treatment there is a high risk that it could develop into an invasive cancer type.
An early form of bladder cancer which has either mushroom like growths or leaf shaped like seaweed. Some bladder cancer sufferers may have both Papillary cancer and Carcinoma in situ.
Other rarer types of bladder cancer include squamous cell cancer and adenocarcinoma.
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, there may be grounds to make a clinical negligence claim.
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 a cystoscopy
- Refer you for X-rays 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.
Bladder cancer is easy to misdiagnose due to similarities in symptoms to prostate infections, cystitis, overactive bladder, bladder stones and other illnesses.
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 03303559210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.