Cancer is regrettably something that almost half of us will encounter during our lives according to Macmillan Cancer Support – and it can be an incredibly stressful and scary time. Luckily, in the UK we can expect a high level of care and treatment for any type of cancer, bone cancer included. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that mistakes are not made, and medical negligence (sometimes called clinical negligence) simply occur far too often in our hospitals.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and believe you have suffered due to an error made your medical care, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
What Is Bone Cancer?
When it comes to bone cancer, there are primary tumours (a tumour that actually starts by growing inside one of your bones) and secondary tumours (when existing cancer spreads into the bone from another part of the body). There are four main types of primary bone cancer:
• Osteosarcoma: the most common type, this is found mainly in children and young people, and develops mostly in the larger bones of the body.
• Ewing’s Sarcoma: this is usually found in the shin, thigh, or pelvis, and mainly affects children and people under 20 years of age.
• Chondrosarcoma: this usually affects adults between 40 and 50 years of age, and can develop in the shoulder blade, ribs, pelvis, thigh and upper arm bone.
• Spindle Cell Sarcoma: this affects adults over 40 years of age but has similar symptoms to osteosarcoma.
Symptoms of bone cancer include: progressively worsening bone pain that is more painful at night, swollen joints, sweating (again, more at night), weight loss, and a high temperature. While bone cancer is very rare, all of these symptoms should be checked out by a doctor if they occur together. While the causes of bone cancer aren’t always clear, people can be more likely to develop it if they have had exposure to radiation or if they suffer from Paget’s disease of the bone.
What Can Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Involve?
As with any form of cancer, there are several different ways in which bone cancer can be misdiagnosed. As the main treatment used for bone cancer is chemotherapy (to shrink the tumour) followed by surgery to remove the affected bone (in the past, this involved amputation, but now can be done using a metal implant as a substitute), a misdiagnosis can lead to unthinkable consequences. A recent study found that primary bone cancer was being misdiagnosed by some doctors as growing pains or sporting injuries, due to the symptoms of pain in the bones and swollen joints being similar in both cases. This can be especially true of osteosarcoma cases, which occur mostly in children and can get misdiagnosed due to more common explanations. You could be entitled to make a compensation claim for bone cancer misdiagnosis if:
• A diagnosis of bone cancer has been made when you haven’t actually got cancer.
• A failure to diagnose bone cancer has led to a delay in your treatment.
• Symptoms of your cancer were mistaken for something else entirely.
• Any delay occurred with your diagnosis.
• A medial professional failed to properly inform you of the outcomes and risks of a procedure or course of treatment.
• Improper methods were used during tests which led to further complications.
There can be other forms of misdiagnosis when it comes to bone cancer, so make sure you get the advice of a professional, experienced medical negligence solicitor before you make a claim.
Making Your Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim
As with other claims of medical negligence, it is very important to make your claim as soon as you become aware of the issue. This is because there are often strict time limits for these types of cases (generally you will have three years from the moment you knew about the problem within which to make your claim), and therefore it is absolutely essential that you don’t delay. If you think you may have through claim, get in touch with our team today.
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Our specialist solicitors are highly experienced in all forms of medical negligence and will be able to guide you through the whole process of making a claim. If you have any questions regarding bone cancer misdiagnosis, give us a ring today; we offer a FREE first phone call as well as a FREE initial consultation, either at our offices or at your home or hospital if you are unable to travel. We can offer you the best advice possible on your claim and inform you what your next steps should be regarding your bone cancer misdiagnosis.
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