Womb Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims
A diagnosis of womb cancer will be devastating, for both you and your family. If you later discover that a medical mistake in your care has meant that your cancer has become more advanced, this can make it even harder to come to terms with.
During this difficult time we want to make sure that you feel fully supported. Our specialist solicitors have significant experience in cancer misdiagnosis claims, and extensive knowledge of the services available from a range of bodies to assist you and your loved ones.
If you suspect that the medical care you have received has been negligent, please speak to a member of our friendly team. Most claims are funded on a no-win-no-fee basis.
Womb cancer – the facts
Womb cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. It affects 8,500 women each year.
There are many different types of womb cancer. The most common type of womb cancer is endometrial womb cancer. The endometrium is the inner lining of the womb.
The risk of womb cancer increases with a family history. Age is also a risk factor, and typically it affects women who have been through the menopause aged 40-74. Being overweight can also increase your risk of developing womb cancer.
Symptoms of womb cancer
There are a number of symptoms of early womb cancer. The most common symptom is abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, such as:-
- Bleeding after the menopause
- Bleeding that is heavier than usual
- Bleeding between periods
- Discharge that is pink and watery, or dark and with a strong odour
It is important to remember that the above symptoms can be caused by other, less serious conditions.
Other symptoms of womb cancer include:
- Pain in your lower abdomen
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Blood in your urine
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Tiredness or weakness
- Needing to urinate more frequently
- Back or leg pain
There is currently no womb cancer screening programme in the UK. It is important that if you develop any of the above symptoms, you see your GP.
Going to see your GP
The first medical professional you are likely to see is your GP. At the appointment your doctor will ask you to describe your symptoms and medical history.
Your GP may conduct a physical examination. They may feel your womb externally to see if it is enlarged or swollen. They may also do an internal pelvic examination to check your vagina, ovaries and bladder. It is likely that you will be asked to do a blood or urine test.
You may be referred for further tests with a hospital specialist. This may be a gynaecologist, who is a doctor that specialises in female reproductive health. You may have an ultrasound to check the thickness of your womb lining. If you are diagnosed with womb cancer, you could also have a biopsy to find out the type.
Womb cancer misdiagnosis
Womb cancer can be difficult to diagnose. This is because the symptoms can be caused by other more common conditions. It may be appropriate for your GP to initially wait to see if your symptoms resolve by themselves. But if they don’t you should be referred for further tests.
There are some worrying symptoms that mean that your GP should refer you urgently to a specialist. For example, referral guidelines state that if you are over 55 and suffer vaginal bleeding after the menopause, you should be referred urgently and see a specialist within two weeks.
Fortunately most cases of womb cancer are diagnosed at an early stage. But sadly this is not the case for all patients. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater the opportunity is for treatment to provide the best possible outcome.
Any delay may mean that your cancer becomes more advanced, and spreads to other organs in your body. This makes treating your cancer more difficult. If a mistake was made in your medical care, you may be able to recover compensation.
Your medical treatment may be negligent if:-
- You were not referred to a specialist when you should have been
- Your symptoms were not investigated properly
- You were not referred for tests
- An abnormal test result was not followed up
- Your womb cancer was mistaken for a less serious condition
If you suspect that an error was made in your medical treatment, please speak to a member of our specialist team to discuss whether you have a claim. In addition to compensation for your injuries, you are also able to recover your financial losses. These include the cost of additional care that you and your family need.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of substandard care, please contact our medical negligence team on 020 7288 4800 or complete our online medical negligence enquiry form.