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Gastric cancer claims

If you or your family have been affected by the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of gastric cancer, our team of expert medical negligence solicitors can help you pursue a claim for compensation.

To speak with one of our gastric cancer negligence experts call 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.

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During this difficult time, we want to reassure our clients that we are open for business and working as normal. We are happy to respond immediately to new enquiries either to our enquiry line (0800 358 3848) or to an individual solicitor.

Our IT systems are robust enough for us to work from home and we are meeting current and new clients online and by telephone to deal with all enquiries. The courts, counsel and our experts are continuing to work on your behalf. We will contact all of our clients by phone to reassure you of our continuing support at this difficult time.

We realise that most of you will be in self-isolation and would like to express our best wishes for your ongoing safety and health.

Paul McNeil, Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

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Gastric cancer generally presents as abdominal pain. Classically the pain is epigastric and worse after the meals. It is often thought to be benign peptic ulceration. Metastatic disease will often present with weight loss. GPs should examine the patient and organise a full blood count and liver function tests. Patients should then be referred to a gastroenterologist. Tests should be repeated and a chest x-ray performed, together with a gastroscopy with endoscopic biopsy of any lesion and CT imaging of the abdomen.

Delays in Diagnosis

The only significant change for cure is surgery (gastrectomy). Patients with inoperable tumours may be treated with palliative chemotherapy.

Mistakes in diagnosing gastric cancer can therefore be very serious, particularly if the opportunity to undergo surgery is lost. To succeed in a medical negligence claim you need to prove that the delay affected the outcome. Usually this means you need to prove that during the delay the cancer progressed to a more advanced stage. Therefore, delays of a few months are unlikely to be enough. However if cancer is left, it is likely to grow and can spread to other parts of the body. Medical negligence claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out adequate examination or take an accurate history
  • Failure to refer a patient to a gastroenterologist for further investigation
  • Mistakes in interpreting the investigations
  • Mistaken diagnosis of gastric cancer resulting in unnecessary surgery

Why choose Fieldfisher's medical negligence team?


We achieve record damages for people suffering serious injury following medical negligence. Last year, we recovered more than £200m in compensation claims.


We have more than 30 years' experience pursuing claims for people injured by medical negligence, clinical negligence, medical accidents and medical mistakes.


We are ranked top tier in leading legal directories and regularly recognised in industry awards. We are accredited by APIL, panel members of AvMA and members of the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel.

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For a free, no obligation call with one of our medical negligence experts, please dial 0800 358 3848 or complete our online enquiry form.