Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer
When he was just 41, Allan noticed a small lump on his right bicep which gradually began to grow. Medical professionals were unsure what it was, but assured Allan it was not cancer. Nevertheless, the lump continued to increase in size and eventually a malignant tumour was diagnosed.
While he was working as a heavy goods vehicle driver, Allan attended his GP concerned about a pea-sized lump on his right bicep. It had been growing for around two or three weeks and by this point was 2cm in size. After an examination, Allan’s GP said he could not be sure what the lump was, but admitted he did have concerns. An urgent appointment was therefore made with the local hospital’s surgical department.
During his appointment at the hospital, Allan was again told a firm diagnosis could not be made. An ultrasound scan had revealed an intra muscular soft tissue lesion, but even so, the General Surgeon admitted he did not know what was causing the lump. When Allan asked if it could be cancer, he was told that conclusion had been ruled out.
Subsequently, Allan was referred to an Orthopaedic Surgeon who also voiced the opinion the lump was not cancerous. However, a diagnosis still needed to be made, and he arranged an urgent MRI scan. This was finally carried out on 1 October, a whole five months after Allan had first visited his GP.
Unfortunately, the MRI results revealed a large tumour, thus contradicting the opinion of both the General Surgeon and the Orthopaedic Surgeon. A needle biopsy was then performed, confirming Allan had a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour – a relatively rare form of cancer.
An Oncologist told Allan the cancer would need to be removed. However, by this stage the lump was the size of a tennis ball, and was classified as a grade II tumour. Consequently, Allan lost almost all of his right bicep, severely reducing the function of his arm. As a result of this, he had to resign from his job as an HGV driver, as he could no longer perform the element of heavy lifting.
Allan was extremely anxious about the effect the operation would have on his life, as his livelihood depended upon being physically able. His was particularly upset as the Oncologist suggested the cancer should have been diagnosed three months previously. If it had, the tumour would have been smaller, and the bicep would have been kept in tact.
After contacting Glynns to discuss his case, we advised Allan he had been the victim of a substandard level of care. We instructed a medical expert to assess the treatment provided, which reiterated our belief Allan had suffered due to a delay in diagnosis.
We helped Allan make a medical negligence claim, and he was awarded £15,000 compensation.
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