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The ovaries are located in the region of the pelvis, found on either side of the uterus, and are small and shaped like almonds. The vast majority, approximately ninety percent, of all types of ovarian cancers begin in the cells that line the surface of the ovaries, also known as the epithelium layer, which gives the tumors the name epithelial cell tumors. Fifteen percent of epithelial tumors are considered to be low malignant potential, or LMP. These types of tumours are found more often in women that are younger and are usually able to be detected early, leading to a good rate of recovery. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of ovarian cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Another type of tumor known as germ cell tumors develop in the egg producing cells of the ovaries and make up about five percent of all cases. These types of tumors are also found in young women and teenagers. The outlook for this type of cancer is good when found early, however ovarian cancer in general is quite difficult to detect. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of ovarian cancer due to failure to recognise the symptoms may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of ovarian cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Cancer of the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal cavity that houses the internal organs, is referred to as primary peritoneal carcinoma or PPC. Although this disease is often discussed on its own, it is linked to ovarian cancer because the peritoneal cells and the ovarian cells share the same embryonic beginnings. In other words, the early cells of an embryo that will form in the ovaries and the peritoneum share the same roots. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of ovarian cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Treatment

Ovarian cancer is the fourth most common form of cancer in women, and typically affects women who are post menopausal. Nearly half of all women with the disease are over the age of forty five. In most cases, treatment for ovarian cancer requires surgery, and usually means the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and the uterus will need to be removed, along with some form of chemotherapy being administered.

Symptoms

Ovarian cancer has few symptoms early on, and when symptoms do present, they are often confused for other more minor conditions. Common symptoms include: a feeling of being full, swelling in the abdomen, loss of appetite, nausea, bloating, excessive gas, unexplained weight gain, lower back pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain during sex, and changes in bladder or bowel habits.

Diagnosis

The initial diagnosis of ovarian cancer will require an astute doctor, as this is where most misdiagnoses occur. A referral for blood tests, ultrasound scans, as well as a gynecological surgeon or oncologist should all be made. Internal vaginal examinations will need to be done, along with x-rays. A CT scan, MRI scan, a laparoscopy, and abdominal fluid aspiration are all helpful to make a firm diagnosis. Unfortunately, all of these tests are dependent upon human interpretation, which means there is always room for error.

Ovarian Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

In the event that you believe you have been misdiagnosed due to medical negligence, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your injuries. A medical negligence solicitor can help you start a compensation claim. Contact us today to see how we can help.


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