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Brain Tumour Awareness Month

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

16,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year.

That’s the capacity of our local rugby team stadium.  Of this, more than 9,000 are diagnosed with what are known as “primary” brain tumours, i.e. tumours that started in the brain. Every 2 hours, someone in England is diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years. This equates to around 1 in 10 cancer deaths in the UK for under 50s, and 1 in 3 cancer deaths for children. For children that survive brain tumours, statistics show that two thirds will be left with moderate to severe disabilities.

Despite all of this, only 2% of national investment in cancer research is allocated to brain tumours.Each year, the month of March is recognised as Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

This was started by Brain Tumour Research with the aim of raising awareness and sharing powerful statistics to raise awareness of brain tumours and the need for greater research funding.

So what is a brain tumour?

A brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that multiplies in an abnormal, uncontrollable way. It can either be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). A primary tumour is one that starts in the brain, and a secondary tumour is one that started elsewhere but spreads to the brain.

The brain is arguably the most important organ in the human body, it controls how we think, feel, learn and move; and controls other important functions such as breathing and heart rate.

What are the symptoms of a brain tumour?

The symptoms of a brain tumour vary depending on the exact part of the brain affected.

However, common symptoms of a brain tumour include:

  • Headaches (which can be either dull or constant or throbbing);
  • Seizures/fits;
  • Persistently feeling sick, being sick, or drowsiness;
  • Mental or behavioural changes (for example, memory problems or changes in personality);
  • Progressive weakness or paralysis in one side of the body; and
  • Vision or speech problems.

Sometimes you may not have any symptoms to begin with, or they may only develop slowly over time.

Diagnosis of a brain tumour can have a devastating effect on a person’s daily life. Coupled with the inevitable difficulty of undergoing treatment is the immediate loss of a person’s driving licence when diagnosed, which takes away a degree of independence. Additionally, it is estimated that on average patients with brain tumours lose £14,783 per year, more than double the £6,840 lost on average for all other cancers.

How can we help?

It is imperative that cancer is diagnosed at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately this does not always happen, which can give rise to claims for medical negligence.

Additionally, when cancer is suspected in a patient the usual process is for a two-week referral to be made to the relevant Consultant for confirmation, further testing and a diagnosis. If this does not happen, or the care you have been provided is substandard, then you may be able to claim for compensation.

Our specialist clinical negligence team has assisted and has experience with the following claims:

  • GP failure to refer under the 2 week wait.
  • Delay in reporting on X-rays.
  • Failure to properly report on X-rays.
  • Mistreatment of cancer.
  • Delay in diagnosing cancer.
  • Delay in commencing treatment.
  • Misdiagnosis of cancer.

We can help you recover compensation for past and future loss which can include, general damages for the pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses such as travel to appointments, loss of earnings; any additional care costs, or loss of pension.

If you would like to make an enquiry please contact the specialist Medical Negligence team at Wilson Browne Solicitors on 0800 088 6004. We can assist with achieving compensation or simply getting the apology that you believe you need.

Adam Willson

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Adam Willson

Solicitor

Adam began his training with the firm in 2017 and qualified as a Solicitor in November 2020, he works within the Commercial Property team at our Corby office.