Delay in Diagnosis of Kidney Cancer

Delay In Diagnosis Of Kidney Cancer

Tracy, 43 was admitted to hospital for a CT scan after complaining of pains in her upper right side in October 2007. The original scan showed that there was a mass in her right adrenal gland but this was thought to be a benign fatty lesion. She was told there was nothing to worry about and that the CT findings were unrelated to her abdominal pain and she was then discharged. However, one year later Tracy was diagnosed with kidney cancer, having undergone a year of pain and suffering.

Tracy continued to experience pain for the next 12 months and underwent numerous investigations, including a gastroscopy and a laparoscopy in order to find out what was causing her pain. These tests proved inconclusive and Tracy underwent a second CT scan was conducted in October 2008 which showed a fairly large mass in her right kidney. The tumour was found to be cancerous. Tracy underwent a removal of her right kidney, her right ureter and bladder cuff. Following which she had a course of chemotherapy and participated in drug trials as part of her treatment.
Tracy’s husband cared for Tracy throughout this time, and helped with day to day tasks such as washing, dressing, as well as cooking and childcare. He was forced to take considerable time off work in order to care for her. She also was absent from work throughout.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the defendant Trust have admitted that the scan in October 2007 was not read correctly and, if it had been, Tracy would have received surgery much earlier, therefore avoiding a year of suffering.
With the help of Sarah Coles from the Clinical Negligence team at Irwin Mitchell solicitors, Tracy brought a successful claim against the Trust and has received £35,000 in compensation. However, unfortunately there was no impact on her prognosis for cancer.

If you have suffered due to misdiagnosed kidney cancer or a delayed kidney diagnosis, our medical negligence lawyers could help you claim compensation. Call 0808 163 4557 for a free initial consultation or see our Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims page for more details.

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