Cancer is one of the most common serious illnesses that people will come across in their lives, as statistics suggest that one in three people will be affected by cancer at some point. Sometimes medical professionals fail to complete the right tests or just discount the symptoms of cancer for something else, especially in prostate cancer.
We understand how distressing it is to be diagnosed with cancer in the first place, but to find out that your diagnosis has been delayed due to missed symptoms is devastating. We can help you to decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence.
What is a prostate?
The prostate is a gland that forms part of the male reproductive system. It is located between the bladder and the anus and is surrounded by nerves controlling the erection of the penis, which is why some dysfunction can be present when there are prostate problems.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is unlikely to produce any symptoms, at least in its early stages, but this is not always the case. Classic symptoms to look out for which may be an indication of prostate cancer are:
• Needing to pass urine more often
• Needing to rush to the toilet
• Difficulty in passing urine
• Blood in the urine (haematuria)
Testing for prostate cancer
If a patient were, for example, to visit his GP complaining of some of the symptoms described above over a period of several months, the GP should carry out an examination of the patient’s prostate by way of a rectal examination. The GP should also ensure that blood is taken then and there for testing, so that the patient’s PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) level can be determined. The higher the PSA level the more concerned the GP should be, and the more likely that a biopsy of the prostate will need to be taken for testing.
We will talk to you in detail about your initial visits to your GP, the tests you’ve had done and finally your diagnosis. We will also want to explore the time scales involved.
We will discuss all of these factors with you and do it in a sensitive and compassionate way, without using long, complicated legal terms and we’ll treat you the way we treat all of our clients, as individuals.
How much will it cost me to make a claim?
Your first visit to us to discuss your potential claim is always free. This is so we can talk to you about your case but also so you can be happy that we are the right firm to represent you.
We’ll discuss all of the options open to you to fund the claim (including no win, no fee) and make sure you understand all of these funding options clearly.