Prostate Cancer Claims
Prostate cancer is the most common malignancy in men, with over 30,000 cases diagnosed each year in the UK. Whilst many of these cases will be successfully diagnosed and treated, a percentage will suffer as a result of delayed diagnosis, poor treatment standards, or some other form of medical negligence.
Our experienced solicitors regularly help prostate cancer sufferers and their families claim financial compensation following an incidence of clinical negligence. We have members of The Law Society’s panel of clinical negligence experts, and will be happy to answer any questions you have during an initial consultation.
Call free on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.
Causes of Prostate Cancer
The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, however there are a number of risk factors which increase a person’s likelihood of developing the disease, including:
- Age: as a person gets older, the risk increases.
- Family history: you are more likely to develop prostate cancer if a member of your family suffers from the disease.
- Obesity, lack of exercise and diet: poor diet and a lack of exercise may lead to a higher risk of developing the disease.
- Ethnicity: men of African descent have been found to be more at risk.
Whilst not a direct cause, medical negligence, in the form of a delayed or misdiagnosis, a botched procedure or poor care, can significantly affect a person’s chances of surviving the disease.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer symptoms can include:
- Delayed or slowed start of urinary stream
- Urinary dribbling, especially immediately after urinating
- Urinary retention
- Pain with urination
- Pain with ejaculation
- Lower back pain
- Pain with bowel movement
- Excessive urination at night
- Blood in the urine
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms and are at all concerned, contact your GP immediately.
Examples of Medical Negligence
Medical negligence can include any of the following failures by a doctor:
Failing to monitor patients with a family history of cancer of the prostate
Failing to perform a prostate examination or PSA blood test
Failing to identify a cancerous mass during a prostate examination
Ignoring or failing to recognise a patient's symptoms
Failing to perform a biopsy when test results are not normal
Ignoring blood test or biopsy results
Failing to follow-up with the patient
Misinterpretation of test results
Read About Cases We've Handled
Case study: doctor’s error leads to a two year delay in diagnosing prostate cancer - £12,000
Bernard (79) was devastated when he learned that a doctor failing to scroll down to the last page of test results had caused a two year delay in diagnosing his prostate cancer. Because of the delay Bernard had to endure an avoidable cycle of chemotherapy, which at his age took a huge toll on him. He also found the whole ordeal extremely distressing at an already traumatic time of his life.
Bernard contacted the medical law experts at Hospital Negligence for help after learning of the appalling error. His fight for justice was taken on by Beth Reay, one of our specialist solicitors, who obtained £12,000 in compensation for his pain and suffering.
Bernard first became concerned about his health in June 2009 when he became impotent and was waking frequently in the night needing to go to the toilet. He went to see his GP who took blood samples and ordered tests of his kidneys, liver, cholesterol and his prostate.
Doctor failed to scroll to the final page of results
The prostate test results showed some abnormalities that signified Bernard had prostate cancer. However when they were returned to the GP surgery, the on call doctor who reviewed them failed to scroll down to the section where they were outlined.
As a result they were overlooked and Bernard was not called back to the surgery, nor told about the worrying findings. Hearing nothing further Bernard assumed that the tests had found nothing of note and that he would just have to put up with his symptoms.
Diagnosis two years later
Two years later Bernard was still having problems, which were investigated by a new GP practice that he had registered with. One of the doctors ordered a repeat of the prostate test and referred Bernard to the Urology department of a local hospital. The test again showed signs of prostate cancer, which was later confirmed with various scans and examinations.
The cancer had spread
By this point, two years after the prostate cancer could have been picked up and treated, Bernard was less able to tolerate treatment. His prostate cancer was also more advanced and had spread to his lymph nodes. This meant that rather than being treated with hormone therapy Bernard had to undergo an aggressive cycle of chemotherapy. This could have been avoided if his original test results had been looked at properly.
Although in Bernard’s case it is unlikely the delay would have made any real difference to his life expectancy, another patient could have had their life cut short. The £12,000 that Hospital Negligence’s Beth Reay was able to secure for him will help to ensure he is comfortable in his final years and can try to overcome the stress and anguish of the misdiagnosis.
Find out more about making a claim
If you believe that your doctor has been negligent in diagnosis or treatment and you would like free advice on our no win no fee compensation claim service, then just complete the contact form andone of our medical negligence experts will telephone you with no obligation.
Alternatively, call free on 0800 014 7481.