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The prostate is a part of a maleís reproductive system and is essentially a small gland situated in the lower abdomen. The earliest stages of prostate cancer present no significant systems, as symptoms typically only occur when the cancer has grown to the degree there is an enlargement that causes pressure on the urethra causing difficulty with urinary issues. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of prostate cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Symptoms

Prostate cancer is a slow growing form of cancer, and it may take several years for any type of symptoms to be noticed. It is only at this time that men consult with a medical professional to find out what is going on. Since other less serious issues can present similar symptoms, it is not uncommon for an initial misdiagnosis to occur. When this happens medical negligence may have taken place. Some common symptoms of prostate cancer include: more frequent urination, especially at night time; difficulty expelling urine; blood in the urine; and pain when urinating. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of prostate cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Diagnosis

The best way to obtain a definitive diagnosis of prostate cancer is to conduct a series of tests. These tests include a rectal examination, combined with a blood test referred to as the PSA test. For a more in depth confirmation of these test results, a biopsy may be ordered, along with a trans rectal ultrasound. Since all of these tests are open to human interpretation, there is a definite possibility of errors occurring. This could then lead to a misdiagnosis which could cost a patient valuable time. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of prostate cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

  • Rectal examinations are conducted by a physician who inserts one gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to palpate the prostate. If cancer is present, the prostate will feel hard and knobby.
  • PSA tests are a simple blood test that looks for the present of a prostate specific antigen (PSA). This test is quite informative because high levels of this antigen are a strong indicator of cancer.
  • Trans rectal ultrasound scans are conducted by inserting a rectal probe into the patient in order to gain a clear image of the prostate. This is one of the best ways to visualize any abnormalities of the prostate that could be indicative of cancer.
  • Biopsies are small tissues samples that re removed by using a small needle that is inserted directly into the prostate by means of the rectum.

Treatment

Even though prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer, it is still imperative that treatment be started as soon as possible for the best possible outcome. In the event treatment is delayed, or there is a complete misdiagnosis, this amount of wasted time could mean the difference between life and death. Treatments of today are considered to be quite effective; however they are the most effective when treatment begins in the earliest stages of the cancer. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of prostate cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Prostate Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a prostate cancer misdiagnosis, you may be able to start a compensation claim. Our team of skilled medical negligence solicitors has great deal of experience in this area and can help you build your case from the ground up. All of our cases are handled on a no win no fee basis. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. We are here to help, and offer free, no obligation advice. Contact us today to find out how we can help, and how viable your case truly is. You have nothing to lose, but a great deal to gain.


Prostate Cancer Overview


Prostate cancer is very common in men. It is said that almost all men over the age of 80 will have some cancerous cells in their prostate gland. The cancer happens when a cancer cell grows out of control, forms a lump, and travels to lymph nodes and other body areas. In many men, the cancer grows slowly so it doesnít need to be treated until it reaches a critical mass.

The prostate gland is an apricot-sized gland located beneath the bladder. A portion of the urethra is wrapped within the prostate gland. Its functions include making fluid that is part of semen. It can be palpated by inserting a finger into the rectum; however, the anterior part of the prostate gland cannot be seen or felt.

When diagnosing prostate cancer, the doctor divides the diagnosis into several stages. The stages progressively mean that the cancer is getting worse. The stages are as follows:

  • Stage I prostate cancer. The cancer is found only in the prostate and is unable to be palpated by a digital rectal examination.
  • Stage II prostate cancer. The tumor has grown inside the prostate only.
  • Stage III prostate cancer. The cancer has spread outside the prostate and involves nearby tissues only.
  • Stage IV prostate cancer. This is metastatic cancer, involving lymph nodes, bone, lung or liver.

Proper staging determines the type of treatment used and the degree of complications gotten from the disease. Some types of prostate cancer are so slow growing that they are watched, especially if they are found in the elderly, who would unnecessarily suffer from cancer treatment.

There is no known cause for prostate cancer but there are a large number of risk factors for the disease. The major risk factors for prostate cancer include the following:

  • Age. Advanced age predicts the development of prostate cancer.
  • High fat diet.
  • Genetics. It seems to run in families.
  • Certain races put you at a higher than average risk for prostate cancer.
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle.

With prostate cancer, even the screening tests have risks. If a cancer is found and it is slow growing, the patient can have negative consequences from treatment he really didnít need to have. The two main screening tests are the blood test for prostate specific antigen or PSA and the DRE or digital rectal exam. The PSA will be high with prostate cancer but it can be high in benign prostatic hypertrophy and may be low in prostate cancer.

Finding prostate cancer in a man may do nothing to prolong his life or make his health better. So why even look? If you screen and a person already has advanced disease, the health may be no different after treatment. Most doctors know these risks and still recommend cancer treatment.

There is no evidence that it is possible to prevent prostate cancer. Your risk for the disease will be lowered by possibly doing the following things. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating fewer high fat foods
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Eating less red meat
  • Eating less processed meat
  • Eating foods high in antioxidants, particularly lycopene
  • Taking vitamin E supplement

There are no symptoms when it comes to earl prostate cancer. When it progresses, however, there are symptoms suggestive of prostate cancer. These are the same symptoms seen in benign prostatic hypertrophy:

  • Nocturnal urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Problems starting and stopping a stream
  • Weak stream
  • Urinary leakage
  • Being unable to void while standing
  • Burning on urination
  • Blood in the semen

Prostate cancer is measurable by means of a grading system. Grading will help tell how abnormal and angry the cancer cells are. The grading process looks like this:

  • Grade 1: The cancer cells do not look much different from normal cells.
  • Grades 2-4: There is increasing abnormality of the cancer cells.
  • Grade 5: The cells are very abnormal and are scattered throughout the prostate.

This is the Gleason score which can detect how fast the cancer will spread and how aggressive one should be in treating it. In the scoring system, there are two biopsies taken and a grade given to each. The two grading scores are added together to make up the Gleason score.


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