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Vulval cancer claims

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

To speak with one of our vulval 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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Vulval cancer generally presents with vulval itching and a change in the skin of the vulva which appears either white, red or dark brown. Some patients present with more advanced disease where the groin nodes are enlarged.

Diagnosis should be reached by a gynaecological oncologist who will take a history and examine the vulva. Staging investigations include blood count, renal function tests, chest x-rays and CT or MRI of the pelvis and abdomen.

Delays in Diagnosis

The main form of treatment is surgery and includes radical vulvectomy and skin grafting. Unfortunately most patients with vulval carcinoma present with late disease. Therefore medical negligence claims are difficult to prove. However, claims may be brought for:

  • Failure to carry out adequate examination or take an accurate history
  • Failure to refer a patient to a gynaecological oncologist for further investigation
  • Mistakes in interpreting the investigations
  • Mistaken diagnosis of vulval cancer often resulting in unnecessary mutilating surgery which often seriously affects psychosexual function

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.