Renal (Kidney) Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

The charity Cancer Research UK estimates that over 13,300 new cases of kidney cancer are reported annually in the UK. This made the disease the 7th most common cancer in the UK between (2016-2018).  With around 4,700 kidney cancer-related deaths in a year (2017-2019), it is the 13th most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK.

While kidney cancer survival in the UK is improving and prospects of successful treatment are promising, effectiveness diminishes with late diagnosis. More than 85% of patients diagnosed with Stage 1 kidney cancer survive the disease for more than five years. The survival rate drops to 10% when the disease progresses to Stage 4.

The late diagnosis of kidney cancer can have devastating consequences and impact the survival rate if it means the cancer is able to grow and spread to other body parts.

If you or a family member has experienced delays or mistakes in diagnosing your kidney cancer, you could be entitled to claim compensation.

Our medical misdiagnosis claims solicitors specialise in bringing cancer misdiagnosis claims and will handle the entire process on your behalf, ensuring you receive the compensation you need to cover financial losses, pain and suffering, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and any other costs.

For more information or to start your free case evaluationcontact our ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence solicitors today on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Kidney cancer: Signs and symptoms

Healthcare professionals often diagnose kidney cancer after taking a patient’s family history, medical history, and physical examination. Some common signs of the disease include:

  • Weight loss
  • Blood in pee
  • Unexplained persistent lower back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent fever
  • Anaemia
  • Swelling or lump on the side

If a doctor suspects kidney cancer, they are likely to perform additional tests to look for evidence of the disease. These include blood tests, urinalysis, and imaging tests (e.g., CT scans, MRI scans, X-rays, PET scans, and bone scans). And while these tests often provide adequate information to diagnose kidney cancer, a biopsy may be needed for certainty.

Why are mistakes made in diagnosing kidney cancer?

Like all cancers, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial for a patient’s long-term survival. Healthcare providers can delay or miss a kidney cancer diagnosis for several reasons, including:

According to a 2018 survey by the charity Kidney Cancer UK, nearly half of patients with kidney cancer are initially misdiagnosed. The cancer is often mistaken for less serious conditions like kidney stones or urine infections. The findings also revealed that 48% of kidney cancer patients are diagnosed when the disease is already advanced, and the prognosis is much worse.

Early detection is crucial for long-term survival. According to the NHS, kidney cancer “can often be cured if it’s found early. But a cure will probably not be possible if it’s diagnosed after it has spread beyond the kidney.”

Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult for anyone. And when you have the disease, you should be able to rely on your healthcare providers to deliver an acceptable level of care from the initial diagnosis.

Start your compensation claim for the late diagnosis of cancer

Delays that allow renal or kidney cancer to grow and spread to other body parts can significantly impact patient outcomes. For this reason, any avoidable delay in diagnosis and treatment by a doctor could qualify you to make a kidney cancer misdiagnosis claim.

For more information or to start your free case evaluationcontact our ‘No Win No Fee’ medical negligence solicitors today on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Kidney Cancer Misdiagnosis FAQS

Kidney cancer (also known as renal cancer) is the abnormal growth of cells in the kidneys whereby they become malignant (cancerous). Kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located behind the abdominal organs. They remove toxins from the body, control salt concentrations, regulate blood pressure, and produce certain hormones.

There are several types of kidney cancer depending on the kind of cells the disease originated. The most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell cancer (or renal cell adenocarcinoma), which accounts for more than 80% of kidney cancers. Other types include transitional cell cancer and Wilms’ tumour.

Cancer Research UK projects a 26% rise in kidney cancer incidence rates in the UK between 2014 and 2035. This increase in incidence is partly linked to improved diagnostic techniques and increased risk factors due to lifestyle changes.

While the exact causes of kidney cancer are not clear, there are some risk factors associated with the disease, namely:

  • Smoking – Responsible for 13% of kidney cancer cases in the UK
  • A family history of the disease
  • Age – Renal cancer is more common in older people
  • Kidney problem requiring long-term dialysis
  • Obesity and being overweight – Responsible for 24% of cases in the UK
  • High blood pressure
  • Inherited conditions such as Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome and Cowden syndrome

Kidney cancer treatment programs depend on the cancer’s progression, aggression, and size. The main treatments are:

  • Surgical removal of affected tissue or the entire kidney – This is the primary approach for 56% of patients
  • Biological therapies to stimulate the body’s mechanisms to combat the cancer
  • Embolisation, which is a procedure that involves cutting off blood supply to malignant cells.
  • Radiofrequency or cryotherapy ablation to destroy the cancer through heating or freezing
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy

To make a compensation claim for the misdiagnosis or the late diagnosis of kidney cancer, speak to one of our cancer misdiagnosis solicitors today.  They will take the time to listen to the details of your case in an empathetic and caring manner and advise if you have grounds for a claim.  Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching this duty of care caused your injuries.  If so, are likely to have a strong case for compensation.

Your solicitor will take strain off you and handle your case for you, including collating the necessary evidence (including medical records and correspondence) and will write to the organisation responsible for your care, stating the grounds for your claim.  Our team are best placed to be able to understand the response and move your claim forward to a satisfactory resolution.

Yes; the ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally three years from the date of negligence or the date of reasonable knowledge of the injury.

This means that if you became aware of the failure to diagnose cancer weeks, months, or even years later, the three-year period could commence from then.  In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.

Yes; Devonshires Claims can provide:

‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for cancer misdiagnosis injury compensation claims.

‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.

If you win your case there will be some deductions from your damages **.

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Medical negligence injury claims are rarely completed quickly.  The timescale for a cancer misdiagnosis injury claim will depend on individual circumstances of your case; however, most cases commonly take  at least 2 – 3 years to fully conclude.  However, we are often able to secure interim payments to help you with your treatment or day-to-day expenses.  Factors which will affect how long your claim takes may include:

  • how severely you were injured
  • the prognosis
  • whether ongoing care is required
  • how much rehabilitation is needed
  • whether you require costs to cover home modifications
  • Whether the defendant admits liability (if they do, claims can usually be concluded much faster).

Compensation claims for cancer misdiagnosis not only reflect the physical and mental pain and suffering experienced but also:

  • Allow you to obtain justice for the mistreatment and negligence you experienced
  • Highlight failings in clinical practice, standards of care and protocols
  • Provide you and your family with an explanation of the incident and an apology if shortcomings are acknowledged

The compensation payment will depend on several factors:

  • Your pain and suffering
  • Your prognosis
  • The impact of the delay and / or negligence on your health and quality of life – including current and future care requirements, medical aids, home adaptations or other necessary assistance
  • Any financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injuries – including past loss of earnings, medical expenses, travel expenses and equipment costs
  • Any future financial losses, e.g. loss of wages, loss of promotion prospects, pension

Compensation for cancer claims injury fall into two main categories:

  • General compensation (General Damages): this includes compensation for pain and suffering and the impact of the injury on lifestyle and quality of life.
  • Financial losses and expenses (Special Damages): these include the costs associated with private treatment, care support, travel expenses, other medical expenses, specialist equipment and loss of income.

Research published by World Cancer Reseach Fund International in 2020 revalealed Kidney cancer (also known as renal cancer or renal cell adenocarcinoma) is

  • the 14th most common cancer worldwide.
  • 9th most common cancer in men and the 14th most common cancer in women.


Kidney cancer rates

The following table shows total global kidney cancer incidence and rates in 2020. Lithuania had the highest overall rate of kidney cancer in 2020, followed by Czechia (formerly known as the Czech Republic).




Kidney cancer deaths

The following table shows total global kidney cancer mortality in 2020. Slovakia had the highest overall mortality rate from kidney cancer in 2020, followed by Uruguay.


Contact our cancer claims experts today

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your kidney cancer negligence case and will tenaciously fight to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained.  Our team are compassionate and driven, and we will put you in touch with other support services such as counsellors and clinical case managers who can help you recover.

We offer our clients:

  • A friendly, compassionate and professional medical negligence claims service
  • A free case evaluation
  • No Win No Fee agreement
  • Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers
  • Our expertise in dealing with a variety of medical negligence claims including very complex medical cases
  • Our expertise in securing the maximum compensation available

For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’ cancer misdiagnosis claims service or to start your free case evaluation, contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Client Stories

Compensation For Poor Surgical Care During Surgery to Remove Tumour in Salivary Glands


A clinical negligence claim brought by the Claimant for damages following substandard surgical care during a surgery to remove a tumour called a pleomorphic adenoma in 1994. The Claimant claimed for the failure to advise of the risks of surgery, allowing her to make an informed decision. Secondly, she claimed for the failure by the Defendant to perform an open surgery which would have allowed for complete removal of the tumour.


The claim settled at mediation for £425,000.

Compensation For the Failure to Diagnose a Brain Tumour: £350K Expected Payout


Legal Action following failure to diagnose a brain tumour.


Currently valued in excess of £350,000.

Delayed Diagnosis of an Infection after a Kidney Transplant Results in Sepsis, PTSD and Nerve Damage


The claimant brought a claim for clinical negligence following delayed diagnosis of a drain infection after a kidney transplant. This resulted in systemic sepsis, PTSD and permanent nerve damage in her leg which resulted in payments for care and loss of earnings.


£300,000 for claimant who suffered a severe drain infection following a kidney transplant.

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