Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis

Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose and symptoms often don't appear until a later stage. We can help you with your ovarian cancer misdiagnosis claim.

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Ovarian Cancer Misdiagnosis

It is vital that any symptoms are picked up by your doctor and you are referred as quickly as possible. Ovarian Cancer is very serious and any delay can lead to a hysterectomy, or can be fatal.

A delay in diagnosing and / or treating cancer can have a significant effect on the outcome of a patient’s wellbeing. Often the symptoms of ovarian cancer can mimic the symptoms of other illnesses. Misdiagnosis is common because the symptoms are similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), diverticulitis, acid reflux or a urinary tract infection.

Ovarian cancer usually affects post-menopausal women over the age of 50 but it can occur in women of a younger age.

Some of the ovarian cancers can be classified as:

Ovarian epithelial cancer

This cancer occurs in around 90% of ovarian cancer sufferers making it the most common type of ovarian cancer. It is thought that this cancer starts at the end of the fallopian tube then spreads to the ovaries and grows. Treatment is dependent on the size, grade (cell abnormality under a microscope) and also your health but usually consists of surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Ovarian germ cell tumour

These begin in the egg cells in women but can also occur in sperm cells of males. Split into two categories (mature teratoma and immature teratoma) both are curable. Mature teratoma is most common and is also called a dermoid cyst, it is removed with surgery and therefore cured. Immature teratoma refers to cells which are at a very early stage in their development.

Ovarian primary peritoneal carcinoma

Similar to epithelial cancer due to the tissue it affects, it is suggested that up to 15% of women who have advanced ovarian cancer will actually have Primary Peritoneal Cancer (PPC)


The best chances of recovery come from early diagnosis and treatment. Ovarian cancer can be difficult to diagnose and symptoms often don’t appear until a later stage.

You may have suffered ovarian cancer related 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 and CT scans
  • Send you for the correct tests
  • Take a biopsy or misread a biopsy

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 live, 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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