Prostate Cancer Late Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis


Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses in Ireland today, accounting for 9% of all new cancer cases in the country each year. According to the Irish Cancer Society, prostate cancer affects around one in seven men in Ireland during their lifetime.

What is Prostate Cancer?

The prostate gland is a crucial part of the male reproductive system. Located just below the

bladder, it is responsible for producing fluid that mixes with sperm cells from the testicles to

create semen. Prostate cancer results from the development of cancerous cells within the

prostate gland. When cells within the prostate gland become cancerous, they can cause the

gland to become enlarged. This tends to happen gradually over time in most cases, causing

little to no symptoms. This type of prostate cancer can be slow to develop as a result and is

easily treatable. However, some types of prostate cancer are more aggressive and can spread quickly to other parts of the body if left undiagnosed or untreated.

Late Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis of Prostate Cancer

With early and correct diagnosis, prostate cancer can be successfully combated and even cured by a number of different treatments. Among these are active surveillance, surgery, and various forms of therapy, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, diagnosing prostate cancer can often be problematic due to its slow growth and lack of symptoms. This can sometimes lead to late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of the condition by medical professionals. A late diagnosis of prostate cancer can allow for the cancer to progress further, making it more difficult to treat or cure successfully. Misdiagnosis of prostate cancer can be similarly detrimental, as medical professionals may propose treatments that are ineffective, unnecessary, and even dangerous. In any case, it is possible that side effects from these treatments might impact everyday life more than the symptoms of prostate cancer ever would. Either outcome - late diagnosis or misdiagnosis - can arise as a result of medical negligence and have serious consequences for your health.

How can we help?

At Whelan Law, we specialise in medical negligence claims. Late diagnosis and misdiagnosis of prostate cancer are no exception. Our experienced team is committed to achieving the best, most desirable outcome for each and every one of our clients. If you feel that you have been misdiagnosed with prostate cancer, or that your health has been impacted negatively by a late diagnosis, our team will be happy to assess whether your claim is viable in law and will assist you every step of the way.

Call us at +353 (0) 62 61110 or visit to arrange a private consultation today.