What are the symptoms of brain cancer and why they are often ignored?
The symptoms of brain cancer often reflect the size of the tumour and its location in the brain. The condition could present in a variety of different ways. Common symptoms include:
- Epileptic fits/ seizures, or twitching
- Severe and persistent headaches
- Dizziness, hallucinations, hearing and vision impairment
- Personality changes including irritability, apathy, depression or other abnormal or uncharacteristic behaviour
- Cognitive impairment such as forgetfulness, apathy
- Mobility impairment such as weakness on one side, difficulty walking
- Loss of core functions such as swallowing
The complex variety and manifestation of brain cancer symptoms often result in delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis.
Diagnosing brain cancer
If a GP suspects that you may have a possible brain tumour, he or she should refer you to a specialist as soon as possible. The specialist will conduct a variety of physical and cognitive tests followed by advanced scans to confirm the diagnosis.
The initial tests often include:
- Reflex tests including knee-jerk, swallowing
- Facial muscle tests
- Sensory functions: hearing , vision, taste, smell, sensation
- Mobility and strength tends such as balance, co-ordination , control and strength
- Cognitive function: such as logic, reasoning, perception
If the GP or specialist finds cause to investigate further, advanced brain imaging scans will be carried out. These could include:
- Computerised tomography (CT) Scan: involving different x-rays to produce a detailed image of the brain
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Scan: involving magnetic field and radio wave scans
- Electroencephalogram (EEG): which records brain activity
- Biopsy: The surgical removal of a small part of the brain to examine under a microscope.
Could you be entitled to compensation?
If your GP, consultant, radiographer or other medical professional has been negligent in the diagnosis of your brain cancer, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
There are potential grounds for making a claim which include:
- Delay in diagnosis: If it can be shown that a delay in diagnosis resulted in a worse outcome for a patient. This includes both benign and malignant tumours.
- Negligent treatment: If a medical professional has been negligent when treating a brain cancer patient. This includes complications of medication or brain surgery if they could be avoided with reasonable care.
- Misdiagnosis: If a patient was wrongly diagnosed as suffering from brain cancer, compensation could potentially be awarded for any distress caused – physical or emotional and any unnecessary treatment undertaken.
Our compensation experts can help you obtain compensation for:
- The distress caused by negligent medical professionals
- The treatment required to deal with an advanced condition
- Home modifications or adaptations
- Long-term care
- Specialist health care support and resources
How to make a brain cancer misdiagnosis claim
A delay in diagnosing cancer, especially brain cancer, can significantly affect the health and wellbeing of a patient. Our medical negligence lawyers, are experienced in supporting patients and their families obtain the compensation that they are entitled to. We offer a free initial consultation at your home or hospital to discuss your case in more detail and whether you have the grounds to proceed with a compensation claim. Contact us today on 0333 123 9099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we might be able to help you.