Our Service For You


Diagnosis Failure Or Delay
Delayed Diagnosis of Bladder Cancer

Failure To Diagnose Bladder Cancer

As with all types of cancer, the sooner bladder cancer is diagnosed the better. If there is a delay, a patient's chance of recovery could be put at risk. But what happens if this delay was caused by the actions, or inaction, of medical professionals? This article takes a closer look at diagnosing bladder cancer, and discusses what you should do if you have been the victim of medical negligence.

Symptoms of Bladder Cancer

The first step to diagnosing bladder cancer is to recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease. These include:-

  • Blood in the urine;
  • Changes in bladder habits (such as an increased frequency and urgency of urination, difficulty voiding and a painful sensation when voiding).

If the cancer is relatively advanced, the following symptoms may also be present:-

  • Pelvic pain;
  • Bone pain;
  • Swelling of the legs;
  • Unexplained weight loss.

However, these symptoms can easily be mistaken for other, less serious conditions. In particular, the primary symptoms of bladder cancer (such as blood in the urine and changes in bladder habits) may be diagnosed as a urinary tract infection, bladder stones, an overactive bladder or an enlarged prostate.

That is why if symptoms persist, it is essential a patient is sent for further tests. This will allow a diagnosis of bladder cancer to be firmly excluded. On the other hand if cancer is present, treatment can begin as soon as possible something which will greatly improve a patient's chances of recovery.

Diagnostic Tests for Bladder Cancer

When you present to your GP with the aforementioned symptoms of bladder cancer, it is normal procedure to take a urine sample to ensure you are not suffering from infection. It is also standard practice to perform a rectal and (if you are woman) vaginal examination, as it is sometimes possible to detect a tumour in this way.

If there are any abnormalities found, or if symptoms continue, your GP may then organise an ultrasound scan. If a diagnosis still cannot be confirmed, you should be referred you to a Consultant Urologist, a doctor who specialises in disease of the urinary system and male reproductive system. Female patients may instead be referred to a Consultant Urogynaecologist.

After an examination, a Urologist should use their professional opinion to arrange further diagnostic tests. Ordinarily this will involved a cystoscopy, as it is widely considered the best way to confirm or exclude the presence of bladder cancer. A cystoscopy can be performed under local anaesthetic, and involves a small tube with a camera attached to the end being inserted through the urethra into the bladder. The images relayed back to a screen will show any irregularities. If there is indeed an abnormality present, a biopsy will be taken and sent to the lab for further testing.

Delayed Diagnosis of Bladder Cancer - Is This Medical Negligence?

If there has been a delay on the part of medical professionals to diagnose bladder cancer, there could well be an incidence of medical negligence. Most commonly, this will be the result of:-

  • A GPs failure to refer to a patient to a specialist;
  • Failure by either GP or specialist to arrange the appropriate diagnostic tests;
  • Failure to properly interpret test results;
  • Failure to make the correct diagnosis in a timely fashion.

If this has happened to you, it is important you speak to a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible, as you could be entitled to make a claim. If so, you may be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering a delay in diagnosis has caused you and your loved ones.

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Free enquiry


Free Claim Enquiry

Complete a short enquiry form and we will contact you.

Free enquiry

*

Testimonials

"Before we contacted you we had no real idea that we had grounds for a medical negligence claim but after speaking to you if became clear that Wendy was indeed treated poorly. Chris took the time to explain what was happening and kept us to speed. Our deepest gratitude to you all and Chris in particular."

"I would like to say a big thank you to you for making this whole process easy and relatively painless. You kept me informed throughout and you were always polite and courteous in all forms of communication. I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family, so a really big thank you and I wish you all the best in the future."

» Read More Medical Negligence Testimonials?

*
Helping Clients throughout England and Wales


contact us

*

Free Medical Negligence Guide

'7 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing A Medical Negligence Solicitor'

Free download

*