Our dedicated team of skilled medical negligence solicitors is here to help you if you or your family has been harmed by the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of prostate cancer.
It is not uncommon for a patient with prostate cancer to visit their doctor complaining of frequent urination, inefficient urine flow, or difficulty stopping and starting urination. Bone pain, weight loss, and general malaise are all possible symptoms. Doctors should refer patients to a urologist following an examination by a physician. It is then recommended that you return to your urologist and have a second examination, as well as routine blood tests to check for acid phosphatase and prostate specific antigen levels (PSA). Radiology tests should be performed on the chest and pelvis.
Misdiagnosis of prostate cancer
Observation, radiotherapy, or radical surgery are all options for early stage treatment. Hormonal therapy is used to treat cancer that has spread locally. Late or early treatment offers the same chance of survival and, as a result, medical malpractice claims based solely on delayed diagnosis are unlikely to succeed. However, if prostate cancer was misdiagnosed or misdiagnosed for a long period of time, there may be grounds for a medical negligence claim.
In the event that you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed with prostate cancer or had a delay in diagnosis, we understand how devastating it can be for you and your family. Please contact our medical negligence solicitors if you have suffered unnecessarily and would like to claim compensation.
There are many cases where medical professionals have misdiagnosed prostate cancer, and we’ve helped clients claim compensation for the misdiagnosis. Types of misdiagnosed prostate cancer includes the following:
- Urinary tract infections
- Enlarged prostate
To help you recover from a misdiagnosis of prostate cancer, our solicitors will approach your case with compassion and understanding. The importance of assisting you in receiving high-quality treatment and rehabilitation, both during and after your claim, is something we take very seriously.
When does prostate cancer lead to a medical negligence claim?
As long as prostate cancer is detected and treated in a timely manner, there is a good chance of recovery. It is possible, however, that the cancer will spread and become life-threatening if there are significant delays.
It is possible to sue a doctor for medical malpractice if they fail to treat your cancer properly and it grows or spreads.
Prostate cancer diagnosis
Prostate cancer is typically detected by a urine sample, blood test, and digital rectal examination. Depending on the results of your blood tests, you may need an MRI and, if necessary, a biopsy.
The type of treatment you receive depends on the size and grade of your cancer, your health, and whether it has spread.
Visit the HSE website for more details on prostate cancer symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
Delays can be caused by several factors
Patients receive good care from medical professionals in the vast majority of cases. However, mistakes can occur, resulting in delays that can be life-threatening. The following are the most common reasons for delays:
- The patient was not sent for an appointment with a urologist as recommended.
- Inability to recognise the symptoms accurately
- Neglecting or dismissing the patient
- A urinary tract infection is mistaken for prostate cancer.
- Confusion between prostate cancer and prostate enlargement
- Prostate cancer is mistaken for prostatitis
For more information about your legal rights if you have been injured by the negligence of medical professionals, please contact us today.
Why should you work with Tiernan Medical Negligence Solicitors?
- As a result of cancer medical malpractice, Tiernan Solicitors has successfully managed a large number of injury and disease claims. After speaking with a solicitor, we will listen to your case attentively, empathically, and only propose moving forward if we believe there is merit to your claim.
- In addition, our medical negligence solicitors will compile all of the required facts for your case including medical records and oversee the submission of the claim on your behalf.
- Your recuperation and care, or the care of a family member or loved one, can be focused on when you entrust us to manage your claim on your behalf.