Testicular Cancer Misdiagnosis & Testicular Cancer Negligence Claims
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer affecting men aged between 25-49, but men diagnosed with the disease have a good prognosis. Nearly all men survive, and once treated, testicular cancer rarely comes back.
Nevertheless, being diagnosed with testicular cancer will be extremely worrying, and if you find that you have been misdiagnosed you will be very concerned about the implications for your health and treatment.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have a team of medical misdiagnosis specialists, and we have represented many men who have been misdiagnosed with testicular cancer.
We understand the challenges that you are facing and will support you if you have received negligent treatment. If you, or someone you know has been affected by missed, delayed or negligent care, contact us for a free initial consultation.
If you have a claim, we will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
Do I have a claim?
Even though testicular cancer is one of the most treatable cancers with an excellent recovery rate, early diagnosis and treatment is incredibly important.
Any delay can lead to symptoms worsening, or more invasive treatment being required, which is obviously very concerning and traumatic. If, as a result of negligent care, your diagnosis or treatment has been delayed or incorrect, you may be entitled to seek compensation.
The are several common reasons for a misdiagnosis of testicular cancer. If you have experienced any of the following you may have grounds for a claim:
A GP has failed to examine you, or to diagnose you correctly
- You have not had the necessary follow up, or have not been sent for further tests or investigations after you have presented with symptoms or concerns
- Your test results haven’t been correctly followed up
- Your test results were inaccurately recorded or interpreted
- Your biopsy was not performed correctly
- You were incorrectly diagnosed with something other than testicular cancer, and therefore received treatment for the wrong condition. This also means that there will have been a delay in receiving the correct treatment that you need.
These are just a few examples of misdiagnosis, but whatever has happened to you, if your care has fallen short of the standard that anyone would reasonably expect, then contact us today to discuss your case.
We will quickly be able to advise you on whether what has happened to you constitutes negligent care, and if it does, we will work with you to get the recompense that you deserve.
What am I entitled to?
If you have been misdiagnosed or have faced a delay in diagnosis of testicular cancer, you may be entitled to claim compensation, or general damages.
This money is to recompense you for:
- Any pain or suffering caused by the delay or lack of treatment for your condition
- The mental pain and anguish you have suffered a result of your misdiagnosis
- Any impact on your quality of life, where your misdiagnosis affected your daily life and ability to carry out your normal activities.
You may also be able to make a claim for any medical expenses, or for loss of earnings incurred as a result of your misdiagnosis.
For a free consultation and expert personalised advice on your legal situation, speak to one of our medical negligence team without delay.
How do I make a claim?
If you feel that the care that you have received at any point since you sought help for your symptoms was not adequate, or that the handling of your diagnosis has been negligent, then you may have grounds to make a claim for testicular cancer misdiagnosis.
Seek legal advice as early as you possibly can - we will examine the circumstances of your case, the stage that your cancer is at, and the impact that your misdiagnosis has had.
If we can demonstrate that you have been misdiagnosed, we will be by your side, supporting you and gathering the evidence to build you the strongest possible case.
Are there time limits for making a misdiagnosis claim?
It is important to seek advice as soon as you can. As with most medical misdiagnosis claims, there is a time limit of 3 years to bring a case, from either the time of the misdiagnosis of testicular cancer, or from the date that you became aware it.
Even if you are worried that time has run out on your case - get in touch with one of our medical negligence experts today.
They will quickly be able to advise you about the validity of your claim, and the options open to you.
What is testicular cancer and how is it diagnosed?
Testicular cancer is relatively rare, with only 2.200 cases diagnosed each year. With treatment most cases can be cured and tend not to reoccur.
Even so, being diagnosed with testicular cancer will be a cause of anxiety, both for the patient and their families. There appears to be a genetic link, with the brothers or sons of men who have had testicular cancer at an increased risk of developing it.
Men who had an undescended testicle are also at greater risk. Tumours develop from germ cells in the testicles, and often present as a lump. It is generally painless and often goes unnoticed, with many cases only coming to light when an unrelated trauma to the testicles draws attention to the area.
If you find a lump, or swelling in your testicles, you should visit your GP as soon as possible.
Other symptoms include:
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- Pain or an ache in the testicles
On presenting to a GP with symptoms, your doctor should ask you questions about your general health and family history and will carry out a physical examination.
They should examine your testicles to ascertain whether or not they believe the lump is cancerous. They may also listen to your chest, to see if there are signs of fluid collecting, and may examine the lymph nodes at the top of your legs.
If, after carrying out their examination they are concerned, they should refer you to see a specialist for further testing.
If your GP does not think that you need further testing or a referral, it is a good idea to ask them why they think that, and to ask whether or not you should arrange a follow up appointment in the future.
If you are referred for further investigations, there are a number of different tests that may be used to diagnose you:
- Blood tests: A blood test can be used to check for markers in the blood which suggest that a tumour is present.
- Ultrasound scan: an ultrasound scan can be performed on your testicles and scrotum to show any abnormal growths, and to confirm whether a lump is a fluid filled cyst, or a solid mass.
- MRI scan: if the ultrasound scan fails to show conclusively whether or not the lump is cancer, an MRI scan can be used to provide a very clear image of the area.
If your test results indicate that you have testicular cancer, you will need to have treatment to remove the tumour.
There are two main types of testicular cancer, seminoma and non-seminoma, but both are treated in the same way. Your doctor will most likely recommend that you have the affected testicle removed, in a procedure known as an orchidectomy.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around 30 minutes, during which time it is possible to have a prosthesis (fake testicle) inserted. It is a reasonably straightforward procedure and most patients are able to go home the same day.
Following the procedure, you will need to have further tests to ensure that the operation has successfully removed the tumour and that the cancer has not spread beyond the testicle.
For most people the prognosis is excellent, and the cancer does not tend to reoccur at a later date.
The difficulties occur when testicular cancer is not diagnosed until a later stage, giving it time to metastasize to other parts of the body. If the cancer spreads to other lymph nodes, or other organs such as the liver or brain, the disease becomes much more difficult to treat and the outcome can be significantly worsened.
If you believe that any of these steps towards diagnosis, tests or procedures were not properly followed, then don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your situation.
If your condition or prognosis have been negatively affected by a late or missed diagnosis, then we may be able to help you to claim compensation.
Why choose Sheldon Davidson Solicitors?
Errors can happen, but negligence should not.
Our team of medical negligence experts have extensive experience of acting for men who have suffered from misdiagnosed testicular cancer. We understand the anxiety your diagnosis will cause and will support you with sensitivity as we investigate your case.
We will work to get you the best treatment available and help to set you back on the road to recovery. We can also represent you if you wish to claim on behalf of a loved one who has died as a result of the misdiagnosis of testicular cancer, helping you to get the answers and reparation that you need.
Speak to one of our legal team today for advice and a free initial consultation.
We have a proven track record of helping clients to gain recompense after becoming the victims of a medical misdiagnosis, and we know that we can make a difference to your case.
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