Charity Fundraising Head And Medical Negligence Lawyers Support Major Awareness Campaign
A dad-of-two has instructed lawyers to investigate after being diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer two years after first visiting a GP complaining of symptoms.
Richard Scott, aged 41, visited a GP concerned about blood in his poo and severe tiredness in March 2021. However, no referral for further investigation was made.
Over the next year Richard, of Little Stoke, Bristol, who has two young daughters aged 10 and six with wife Anny, consulted his GP twice more with concerns.
During his third GP visit in May 2022, a referral to a gastroenterology team was made. Following further tests in August 2022, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer which had spread to his liver.
Richard asks medical negligence lawyers to investigate and help him access specialist support
Following his diagnosis Richard instructed expert medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate his care and help him access the specialist support he requires.
Richard, who is head of fundraising volunteering for a leading charity, has now spoken for the first time about the impact his diagnosis has had on his family. He’s joining his legal team in supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Richard is calling for more awareness around the symptoms of bowel cancer and the importance of early diagnosis.
Expert Opinion“Richard’s diagnosis has come as a devastating blow to him and his family. They’re all struggling to come to terms with the news and what it may mean for their future.
“Understandably Richard has a number of concerns about his care, including whether more could have been done to diagnosis his cancer sooner, and if so, the impact this has had on the level of treatment he has had and what the overall outcome from treatment will be.
“While nothing can make up for what he and his loved ones are going through, we’re determined to support them and provide Richard with the answers he deserves.
“Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is incredibly important in not only raising awareness of the signs of the disease but the importance of seeking medical advice as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are key to beating cancer.” Rebecca Brown
Bowel cancer: Richard Scott's story
Richard initially visited his GP in March 2021. Tests were undertaken to check for inflammatory bowel disease, the results of which initially identified high levels of calprotectin, which returned to normal on further testing. No other investigations were carried out.
He returned to the doctors in April 2022 with the same symptoms as well as aches, pains and more frequent visits to the toilet. Test showed high levels of calprotectin again. A diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease was considered and a referral to gastroenterology was made. This was not an urgent two-week referral for suspected cancer.
Following tests, Richard was diagnosed with bowel cancer last August.
He has undergone six months of chemotherapy and recently had surgery to remove a tumour from his liver. He is recovering at home and awaiting advice on the next steps in his treatment, which he expects to involve further surgery which will leave him with a stoma. Anny is supporting Richard with appointments and providing care where needed.
Richard's care concerns as he supports Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Richard, said: “As the months went on my symptoms persisted, I trusted my GP’s advice and because they didn’t seem worried about my symptoms, I was reassured. Anny was worried and felt I wasn’t being listened too.
“The last few months following my diagnosis have been a real mix of emotions. My treatment, particularly while trying to come to terms with my diagnosis and how the cancer was very advanced has been difficult, not just physically but also emotionally and financially.
“We used to do everything as a family, go on holidays, trips, days out but that’s all on hold at the minute because of my illness.
“I’ve tried to remain as positive as I can, not only for myself and my recovery but for Anny and the children. However, it’s hard especially as I’m now reliant on Anny and she’s had to drop hours at work to help look after me. I face an uncertain future but am determined to give everything I can to fight this disease and spend as much time possible with my family.
“I can’t change what’s happened to me but as well as wanting answers I hope that my story can potentially help others by them being aware of the signs of cancer and accessing care as soon as they can. It’s vital that people don’t think they have to go through a cancer diagnosis alone as help and support is available.”
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month runs throughout April.