Stomach Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

According to Cancer Research UK, 6700 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer each year.  This type of cancer often presents with symptoms similar to other conditions and this may be why the condition is often diagnosed late with A & E being the most common route of diagnosis.

If you experienced negligent medical care associated with the late diagnosis of your stomach cancer, you could be entitled to compensation. Devonshires Claims’ experienced cancer misdiagnosis solicitors support victims of medical negligence to make a stomach cancer misdiagnosis claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

For more information on making a stomach cancer misdiagnosis claim or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Compensation for the late diagnosis of stomach cancer

Stomach cancer negligence claims may be brought against a GP, hospital or other healthcare provider for the:

  • Failure to recognise the symptoms of stomach cancer or make a correct diagnosis
  • Failure to gather an accurate history or to carry out an examination
  • Failure, or a delay, in taking steps to refer you to a specialist or request the appropriate tests
  • Errors in interpreting the findings of the investigations
  • Misinterpretation of tests designed to help in the detection of cancer—whether generally or specifically.
  • Failing to take further action/investigation on suspicious or abnormal findings.

The compensation payout could provide for:

  • Specialist private surgery or treatment to recover from stomach cancer and the consequences of the cancer
  • Necessary care and assistance
  • Rehabilitation or home adaptations
  • Loss of earnings
  • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)

If your GP, consultant, radiologist or other health care provider failed to diagnose your stomach cancer, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim. For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our ‘No Win No Fee’ stomach cancer claims experts today on  0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

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Types of stomach cancer

The stomach is one of the most important parts of the digestive system. It is divided into two parts (proximal stomach and distal stomach) which are made up of cardia, fundus, corpus, antrum and pylorus. Additionally, the five layers (mucosa, submucosa, muscularis propria, subserosa and serosa) are the main determiners of the staging of the cancer. Knowing the staging of the cancer  helps in determining the treatment options available and also the prognosis.

Stomach Cancer is a progressive disease that grows from the mucosa and into the deep layers. However, there are various types with each originating from a different section.


Below are some types of stomach cancer: 

  1. Adenocarcinomas

These are the most common types and they originate in the mucosa. They consist of the diffuse which is fast spreading, harder to treat but luckily, rare. The other one is intestinal which has genes that allow it to be treated thus having a (slightly) better outlook.

  1. Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs)

These tumours are found in the interstitial cells of Cajal and are likely to spread to other body parts.

  1. Lymphomas

Just like the name suggests, this type of cancer starts in the lymphocytes which is an immune system cell. And just like the other types of stomach cancer, Lymphomas can start anywhere else in the body.

  1. Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs)

This tumour can start on any part of the digestive tract where they get a chance to grow and spread rapidly. When NETs are compared to other types of stomach cancer, it appears to not spread to other organs and its growth rate is also slow.

The symptoms of stomach cancer can be confused with a variety of conditions including stomach ulcers. This could make diagnosis difficult without proper investigative care. It typically does not cause easily detectable symptoms until the malignant cells spread to neighbouring organs.

Unfortunately stomach cancer is often diagnosed at later stages:

  • Stomach cancer patients with a known stage are most commonly diagnosed at stage IV (46-57%).
  • More patients with a known stage are diagnosed at a late stage (69-75% are diagnosed at stage III or IV), rather than an early stage (25-31% are diagnosed at stage I or II

stomach cancer stats


Stomach cancer is often diagnosed in an emergency medical visit:

  • 32% of stomach cancer cases in England are diagnosed after presenting as an emergency. 69% of these emergency cases are via Accident and Emergency (A&E), with the other cases coming via an emergency GP referral, inpatient referral or outpatient referral.
  • 28% of stomach cancer cases in England are diagnosed via the ‘two-week wait’ referral route.
  • 22% of stomach cancer cases in England are diagnosed following a routine or urgent GP referral (but not under the ‘two-week wait’ referral route).

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Early diagnosis of any type of cancer generally improves treatment outcomes. The longer the stomach cancer goes undiagnosed, the lower the chances of survival, the higher the treatment cost, and the greater the associated problems.

To make a compensation claim for the late diagnosis of your stomach cancer, speak to one of our medical negligence compensation Solicitors today. 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, you are likely to have a strong case for compensation.

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.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin our investigations and the sooner we can start to assist with claiming compensation for your treatment and recovery.

Absolutely! Devonshires Claims can provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for stomach cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims.

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

For more information on our ‘No Win – No Fee’ agreement, please click here.

If your stomach cancer was diagnosed late, or misdiagnosed, your compensation payout could provide for:

  • Specialist medical treatment on a private basis
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
  • Medical aids and home adaptations
  • Financial support for the loss of earnings, including future earnings such as pension payments
  • Financial support for the recovery of expenses e.g. travel
  • Specialist care and support

The compensation payout for cancer misdiagnosis can only be determined once we understand the full impact of the delay in diagnosis on your life and wellbeing.

There are several other conditions i.e., the gastro-esophageal reflux disease that may have the same symptoms as stomach cancer. However, it is always advisable to check in with a GP to ensure the cause of the distress. Stomach cancer symptoms may vary from person to person. Here are some of the common ones:

  • Loss of weight unintentionally
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dysphagia (a problem related to swallowing)
  • Lump on the tummy’s topside
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Feeling and being sick
  • Indigestion or feeling bloated
  • Getting full quickly
  • Nausea
  • Feeling tired
  • Acid reflux or heartburn

These symptoms tend to get worse as time goes on.  If you get these symptoms for a long period, or are having any symptoms that are worrying you, ensure you make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

Stomach cancer is a disease whose causes have not been fully identified. However, it is believed to develop when there are changes in the DNA of a cell in the stomach. The factors that may cause an increase in the risk have been identified and may include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Gastritis
  • Family history
  • A diet high in smoked and salty foods
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori
  • A diet low in vegetables and fruits
  • Stomach polyps
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Stomach cancer statistics in the UK

According to statistics published by Cancer Research UK:

  • There are around 6,600 new stomach cancer cases in the UK every year (2015-2017).
  • Stomach cancer is the 17th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 2% of all new cancer cases (2017).
  • In females in the UK, stomach cancer is the 19th most common cancer, with around 2,200 new cases in 2017.
  • In males in the UK, stomach cancer is the 13th most common cancer, with around 4,100 new cases in 2017.
  • Incidence rates for stomach cancer in the UK are highest in people aged 85 to 89 (2015-2017).
  • Each year around half (51%) of all new stomach cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed in people aged 75 and over (2015-2017).
  • Over the last decade, stomach cancer incidence rates have decreased by more than a quarter (29%) in the UK. Rates in females have decreased by more than quarter (28%), and rates in males have decreased by around a third (32%) (2015-2017).
  • Around 7 in 10 stomach cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage in England (2014), Scotland (2014) and Northern Ireland (2010-2014).
  • Most stomach cancers occur in the cardia.
  • Incidence rates for stomach cancer are projected to fall by 17% in the UK between 2014 and 2035, to 11 cases per 100,000 people by 2035.
  • Around 1,300 cases of stomach cancer each year in England are linked with deprivation (around 490 in females and around 830 in males).
  • Stomach cancer is most common in Black people, rather than White people, and least common in Asian people.
  • An estimated 18,500 people who had previously been diagnosed with stomach cancer were alive in the UK at the end of 2010.
  • 17% Survival rate – this means they survive stomach cancer for 10 or more years, 2013-2017, England and Wales
  • 54% of stomach cancer cases are preventable, UK, 2015


World Statistics

According to statistics published by the World Cancer Research Fund, stomach cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in men and the seventh most commonly occurring cancer in women. There were over 1 million new cases in 2018. The top 20 countries with the highest rates of stomach cancer in 2018 are given in the tables below.



Stomach cancer rates: both sexes

South Korea had the highest rate of stomach cancer in 2018, followed by Mongolia.

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
1South Korea39.6
14Cape Verde15.3
15North Korea14.7
19Costa Rica13.4



Contact our cancer misdiagnosis solicitors today

Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your stomach cancer misdiagnosis 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.

Our misdiagnosis compensation claims service provides:

  • A free no-obligation case evaluation
  • Advice on the probability of success for a cancer late diagnosis claim and the amount of compensation you could potentially obtain
  • Friendly, compassionate and experienced claims experts
  • No Win No Fee agreement i.e. you will not incur any costs if your claim is not successful*.
  • Access to a network of medical experts and specialist barristers

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.

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