Brain Tumour Misdiagnosis
A brain tumour is a group of cells which grows in an uncontrolled and abnormal way. The group of cells can either be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). In some cases you may not have any symptoms to begin with but then progress to experience persistent headaches, paralysis or weakness, vomiting and drowsiness, seizures and changes in behaviour and memory
Benign tumours can include the following:
This cancer occurs in the membranes which cover the brain, it can show no symptoms but is safely removed by surgery. In terms of brain cancer it is relatively common.
Usually develops in the pituitary gland, treatment routes include medication and surgery
This cancer occurs in less than 5% of all brain tumours, if completely removed they don’t usually come back but there are recognised risks associated with surgery which include facial muscle weakness, dizziness and headaches and loss of hearing.
A rare form of brain cancer which occurs around the optic nerve and hypothalamus. Treatment options depend on the sufferer and how the tumour is affecting them.
This cancer occurs in mainly children and adolescents, treatment is dependent on where the cancer is.
Surgical removal is best for this cancer, it occurs mostly in adults. Once removed, the patient is classed as cured.
Consisting of cells from the blood vessel linings, surgery is usually the best option for removal. This cancer is quite rare in occurrence.
This cancer is simply a piece of skin which the brain encased during foetal development. Surgery to remove as much as possible is usually the first course of action.
Malignant tumours can include the following:
Comes from star shaped cells in adult’s cerebrum. In children they are usually found in the brain stem, cerebrum and cerebellum. This tumour can also be called an Anaplastic Astrocytoma.
A fast spreading tumour which usually develops in the cerebral hemisphere. The treatment of this cancer usually has the aim of relieving the pressure created and making the area surrounding the tumour unfavourable so growth stops.
This is a rare tumour which comes from the fatty substance covering the nerves of the cerebrum. Being slow to grow, treatment usually is surgery as a first course of action.
The best course of action for this cancer surgical removal. It is classed as a mixed cell glioma.
Most commonly found in children and young adults, these tumours come from cells lining the spinal cords central canal. Surgical removal of as much as possible is required followed by radiotherapy to stop it spreading.
Usually occurs in people who have problems with their immune system, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy are usually the best courses of treatment.
This is the most common form of brain tumour affecting children aged 5 to 9. Surgical removal of as much as possible is the best first course of action following which chemotherapy and radiotherapy is recommended.
Pineoblastoma / pineocytoma
A rare tumour usually treaded with surgery then radiotherapy and chemotherapy. These tumours occur more commonly in children.
Chordoma / chondrosarcoma
A slow growing tumour most often detected in young adults rarely causing symptoms. Surgery and radiotherapy are the treatment options.
A rare tumour affecting children. Surgery followed by Radiotherapy is the preferred option for treatment.
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 suffered from misdiagnosis if a medical professional didn’t do the following things:
- Examine you correctly
- Refer you to a cancer specialist
- Recognise and investigate symptoms properly
- Refer you for MRI 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.
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