People with bladder cancer usually attend with their GP with symptoms such as:

  • Blood or blood clots in the urine
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling the need to urinate many times throughout the night
  • Feeling the need to urinate, but not being able to pass urine
  • Lower back pain on one side of the body

This is often mistaken for a urinary tract infection (UTI) and treated with antibiotics whereas the patient in fact should be referred to a specialist urology surgeon for various tests.  Perhaps even the patient was referred by the GP for urology review, but the urologist failed to take a proper history or organise investigations to include: full blood count, liver and renal function tests, bacteriological and cytological examination or an ultrasound. In some cases, the urologist may have ordered the appropriate tests but made an error in interpreting the investigations. In other cases, the urologist might fail to admit the patient for cystoscopy which is a procedure to look inside the bladder using a thin camera.

Treatment of bladder cancer depends on whether the tumour is superficial, invasive or metastatic. Superficial tumours are resected by diathermy which is deep heating at cystoscopy. This is accompanied by intravesical chemotherapy.  Invasive bladder cancer is treated by radiation or surgery. Metastatic bladder cancer is treated with chemotherapy. Mistakes in diagnosing bladder cancer can be very serious particularly if the delay has caused more invasive and aggressive treatments than otherwise should be the case. Bladder cancer misdiagnosis claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to refer a patient to a urologist for further investigation
  • Failure by the GP and/or urologist to take an accurate history
  • Failure to carry out appropriate investigations
  • Mistakes in interpreting the investigations carried out
  • Mistaken diagnosis of bladder cancer

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If you or a loved one have suffered harm because of negligent delay or misdiagnosis of bladder cancer, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first and we are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.

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