Head and Neck Cancer Misdiagnosis

Head and neck cancer usually affects people over the age of 50. Get in touch with our experts for assistance with your head or neck cancer misdiagnosis claim.

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Head and Neck Cancer Misdiagnosis

Head and neck cancer also includes cancers of the eyes, nose, mouth and throat.

Eye Cancer

The main type of eye cancer is called melanoma, it is a rare form of eye cancer but the most common form of eye cancer in adults. Specialists may also call this cancer uveal or choroidal melanoma because of where it grows.

Lymphoma of the eye usually begins in the lymph nodes, part of your immune system but very rarely can begin in the eyes.

Two main types of cancers of the eyeball which develop in children are called Retinoblastoma and Medulloepithelioma. Surgical removal of the tumour is the course of treatment for medulloepithelioma and occasionally removal of the eye is required. These two types of cancer are rare in occurrence.

 Eyes may be affected by squamous cell cancers as these cells cover many of the surfaces of the body.

Nasal and Sinus cancer

Usually affects men aged between 50 and 60. It is usually called nasopharyngeal cancer.

Diagnosis of Nasal and Sinus cancer can be difficult if missed due to it displaying symptoms of other less serious illnesses such as cold or sinusitis. It is known that prolonged exposure to substances through work such as wood dust, leather dust, nickel, chromium and formaldehyde can increase the risk of developing this cancer.

Ear cancer

Is a rare cancer which usually starts in the skin of the outer ear. Less than 1 in every million people in the UK will develop cancer in the ear.

Mouth Cancer

Or also known as oral cancer is a tumour which has developed in the lining of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, palate, lips or gums. Tumours can also develop in the saliva producing glands, tonsils and pharynx. Mouth cancers are categorised by the cells it develops in and includes adenocarcinomas, sarcomas, oral malignant melanomas and lymphomas as well as squamous cell carcinomas. Kaposi sarcoma is a type of mouth cancer.

Throat cancer

Can occur in the voice box (Larynx), throat (Pharynx) and nasopharynx (the area at the back of the nose and mouth) It can also occur in the oesophagus and thyroids.

Laryngeal cancer affects the voice box and is more common in people over 60. It is more common in men than women. Cancer of the Pharynx manifests itself as a persistent sore throat, a lump in the mouth or throat and pain in the ear.

Nasopharangeal cancer

Is rare occurring in less than 1 in every 100,000 people.

Oesophageal cancer

Affects the long tube connecting the throat to the stomach and doesn’t usually cause any symptoms in the early stages. Risk of contracting this cancer is thought to be increased by smoking, drinking too much alcohol, being overweight and having an unhealthy diet.


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 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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