Trachea Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors - Compensation Claim Lawyers


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Cancer of the trachea, or the windpipe, is an infrequently occurring form of cancer that makes up less than one percent of all types of malignancies. In fact, primary tracheal cancer is so rare, only 0.1 people per one hundred thousand people in the general population develop the condition. This makes tracheal cancer much more rare than endobroncial cancer and laryngeal cancer. Cases of lung cancer occur one hundred and eighty times more commonly than tracheal cancer. One of the first cases of cancer of the trachea was discovered in 1861 when a physician by the name of Turck used a laryngoscopy to identify a tumor on the trachea of a patient that was still alive. Prior to this time, only post mortem examinations revealed these types of tumors. In 1897, another physician by the name of Killian made use of direct endoscopic visualization to diagnose the problem. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of trachea cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Causes

Of the documented cases of tracheal cancer, all of the patients diagnosed had smoked and forty percent of these patients had earlier, simultaneous or future cases of cancer of the lungs, oropharynx or larynx. These types of tumours are nearly three times more common in men as opposed to women, with the highest rates of the disease occurring in people in their fifties or sixties. Of all the primary cases of cancer of the trachea, eighty percent feature malignant tumours, with squamous cell carcinoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma making up the most common forms. Even though the cases of trachea cancer are rare, they are serious and pose a life threatening risk. That being said, the condition is treatable when diagnosed early as there are fewer chances of serious complications.

Mis-Diagnosis

Since cancer of the trachea is a rare condition, it is quite easy for physicians to misdiagnose the issue because of the unfamiliarity with the disease. When this happens, medical negligence may have occurred, which means the patient may have grounds for taking legal action in a court of law. There are two forms of tracheal cancer: squamous cell carcinoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma. The most common symptoms of cancer of the trachea include: a hoarse voice, fever, coughing up blood, a dry cough, difficulty swallowing, chills, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and chest infections that do not resolve themselves. These symptoms are also quite common to several other much less serious conditions including bronchitis, and asthma, thus leading to even higher rates of misdiagnosis. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of trachea cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Diagnosis

In order for a doctor to properly diagnose cancer of the trachea, x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, blood tests, a bronchoscopy, and a rigid bronchoscopy may be ordered. Since this cancer does not occur often, there are three grades used to describe the condition: grade one is low, grade two is moderate, and grade three is high. These grades apply to the following classes:

  • T: which deals with the size of the tumor and if it has spread to other tissue;
  • N: which deals with whether or not the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes;
  • M: which deals with whether or not the cancer has spread to other areas in the body.

Trachea Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you or someone you know has suffered because of a misdiagnosis of cancer of the trachea, our team of medical negligence solicitors may be able to help. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of trachea cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss. All of our cases are taken 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. Please contact us today by phone, email, or the contact form on our website to find out how we can assist you.


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