In 2021, Brain Tumour Awareness Week will be held from 30th October-6th November 2021. It is organised by the International Brain Tumour Alliance and encourages activities that draw attention to the particular challenges of a brain tumour and the need for an increased research effort. Brain Tumour Awareness Week also links to brain tumour negligence, as these issues are also important to ensuring negligence does not happen.

Brain Tumours

A brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that multiplies is an abnormal, uncontrollable way. They are graded depending on how fast they grow, and how likely they are to grow back after treatment. Grades 1 and 2 are low grade and grades 3 and 4 are high grade.

There are two main types of brain tumours. These are benign and malignant. Benign, or non-cancerous tumours are usually grade 1 or 2, and they grow slowly. They are also less likely to return after treatment. Malignant, or cancerous, tumours are usually more serious (grade 3 or 4), and they grow quickly. They are more likely to return after treatment and can have serious effects.

Common symptoms of brain tumours include:

  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting)
  • Drowsiness
  • Mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
  • Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Vision or speech problems

Brain Tumour Negligence and Brain Tumour Awareness Week

Some of the most common forms of brain tumour negligence we see here at The Medical Negligence Experts include misdiagnosis and delays in diagnosis. These issues are important to brain tumour awareness week as they highlight the importance of research and problems that someone suffering with a brain tumour may face.

There are many reasons for delays in diagnosis, and they can happen at any stage; from you presenting the symptoms through to the eventual correct diagnosis. Some of the most common reasons for delays in diagnosis include:

  • Failing to spot symptoms
  • Ignoring symptoms
  • Failing to test patients
  • Incorrect or misread test results
  • Failing to refer patients for further tests

If any of these happen to you, then the results can be devastating. Delays in diagnosis can cause conditions to become harder to treat, or in the worst cases, conditions can be incurable.

When a person shows red flag symptoms, but a doctor or medical professional misinterprets the symptoms or ignores them, this can lead to a delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. If this happens, then you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.

Similarly, if a doctor or medical professional misinterprets a person’s symptoms, then there might be a delay in treatment, or they may receive incorrect treatment.

How We Can Help

Here at The Medical Negligence Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with medical negligence claims. This includes brain tumour negligence. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents.