Being diagnosed with rectal cancer is extremely upsetting. You will be thinking about many things such as your treatment, your prognosis and your family. But if you discover that your diagnosis has been missed and therefore your treatment has been delayed, you will also be feeling angry, disappointed and let down.

We do understand what a difficult and distressing time this is for you and your family but we will be able to help you to understand if the medical professionals were negligent and if they were, help you decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence.

What is rectal cancer?

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK and it describes both rectal cancer and colon cancer. Rectal cancer is cancer of the rectum. The rectum and the colon make up the large bowel.

Rectal cancer is less common than colon cancer and makes up about a third of all bowel cancer diagnosed.

What are the symptoms of rectal cancer?

Some of the symptoms of rectal cancer are:

• Blood in your stools
• Diarrhoea (usually lasting longer than 6 weeks)
• Constipation (usually lasting longer than 6 weeks)
• Pain in stomach or in your back passage
• Feeling like you haven’t emptied your bowels properly
• Weight loss

Although these symptoms may indicate conditions and illnesses other than cancer, if you are over 50 and have certain lifestyle indicators, such as smoking, being overweight or having a family history of cancer, then your GP should certainly be thinking about completing tests to rule out or diagnose rectal cancer.

Other illnesses, connected with having rectal cancer are anaemia. Anaemia is an iron deficiency which can be caused by bleeding in the rectum. Anaemia can cause fatigue and sometimes breathlessness. Rectal cancer may also cause an obstruction (blockage) in your bowel and this can cause some significant symptoms.

Treatment for rectal cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy and other drug therapies. If your diagnosis was delayed or missed for a period of time, some treatments will not be available to you that may have been if you had been diagnosed earlier.

How can Metcalfes' Medical Negligence Team help?

Our team has many years’ experience in medical negligence claims and we have helped many people just like you. We want you to feel comfortable and at ease with us, so we offer a free initial consultation so we can discuss your situation with you in detail.

We will be able to tell you if you have suffered from medical negligence and explain your legal position to you in plain and easy to understand language, without using legal jargon.

We can help you to understand the options available to you to fund your claim and we will be able to tell you which option will work best for you.

We want to help you to get the compensation you deserve for your misdiagnosis so call us today; our team is waiting to hear from you.

For more information or to speak to one of our friendly team for your free initial consultation, please call 0117 239 8012 or complete our online enquiry form.

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