Laryngeal (larynx) cancer arises when cancerous cells form in the tissues of the larynx or voice box as is more commonly known. The main symptoms of this type of cancer can include a persistent sore throat, earache or cough that can also be a lump in the person’s neck and difficulty swallowing which can include pain and sometimes the voice itself may change, such as sounding hoarse. Laryngeal cancer affects about 180 people in Ireland each year, so it is a relatively small number of people affected.
Typically, an ENT surgeon will diagnose this type of cancer with investigations such as CT scans and a chest x-ray along with routine blood testing. Thankfully if laryngeal cancer is diagnosed in good time the prognosis is usually very good. If it is detected early radiotherapy is usually applied however, if the disease has advanced the prognosis is sadly poor. If it has advanced the treatment usually comprises of chemotherapy followed by more invasive radiotherapy and/or surgery. For a successful medical negligence claim to be taken it would be required to show that the delay in diagnosing the laryngeal cancer caused the disease to progress and spread where it otherwise may not have. Typical cases we have seen involve failure of the GP to conduct appropriate testing and/or failing to refer to an expert or indeed that ENT failing to correctly interpret the investigations which in turn lead to a delay in diagnosis of the cancer.
Our laryngeal cancer misdiagnosis solicitors
If you or a loved one have suffered harm because of negligent delay or misdiagnosis of laryngeal 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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