Lymphoma or lymphatic cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the UK and it can affect any portion of the lymphatic system, including the lymph nodes, bone marrow, tonsils, and thymus. Early diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma cancer is crucial to prevent the spread of the disease and improve the chances of making a full recovery.
If you experienced negligent medical care associated with the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of your lymphoma cancer, our experienced medical negligence solicitors can help you claim compensation.
Devonshires Claims’ has helped victims of cancer misdiagnosis obtain compensation and we can help you and your family make a lymphoma cancer misdiagnosis claim on a No Win No Fee basis. For more information on making a lymphoma misdiagnosis claim or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts on 0333 900 8787, email email@example.com or complete our online form.
Can I Make A Claim for Misdiagnosis of Lymphoma Cancer?
You may be entitled to make a compensation claim for medical negligence if your lymphoma cancer was misdiagnosed or diagnosed late.
If your GP or consultant was negligent and your symptoms were not investigated or you were not referred for further tests, this delay in obtaining the appropriate cancer treatment could have a significant impact on your recovery from the disease. The failure to investigate potential symptoms of lymphoma cancer and the subsequent delay in treatment, could contribute to the progression of the cancer to a more advanced stage.
Lymphoma cancer negligence claims may be brought against a GP, consultant, hospital or other healthcare provider for the:
- Failure to identify the common symptoms of lymphoma such as night sweats, persistent itching all over the body, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and a feeling of breathlessness.
- Failure to take an accurate medical history of the patient.
- Failure to order a blood test or biopsy when symptoms are present
- A mistake in carrying out necessary tests and investigations to diagnose lymphoma cancer.
- Mistakes in the interpretation of results. For example, a common misdiagnosis is indolent T-LPD (T-cell lymphoproliferative), which mimics the disease’s symptoms.
- Failure to follow up on the outcome of tests.
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment.
A missed or delayed diagnosis of lymphoma cancer can have serious consequences because the disease spreads quickly through the lymphatic system—hence increasing the risk of metastasis (i.e., spreading to other parts of the body). The misdiagnosis and late diagnosis of lymphoma cancer are further complicated by the possibility of mistaking its symptoms for other conditions.
The misdiagnosis compensation pay-out could provide for:
- Specialist private surgery or treatment to recover from lymphoma cancer and the consequences of the cancer
- Necessary care and assistance
- Rehabilitation or home adaptations
- Loss of earnings
- Expenses (e.g. travel costs)
How is Lymphoma Cancer Diagnosed?
If the GP suspects you might have lymphoma, he or she should refer you to a specialist for further tests in accordance with NHS guidelines at the date diagnosis should have taken place.
A diagnosis for lymphatic cancer is often determined by a biopsy, which is a small procedure to remove cells from an affected lymph node. The cells are then examined by a pathologist to determine the presence of lymphoma cells.
If cancerous cells are found, further testing is performed to identify the type of cancer, its stage, and how far it has spread. Some of these tests include MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), CT scans (Computed Tomography), PET scans, bone marrow sampling, blood testing, and a chest X-ray. The medical professionals may also test nearby tissue/lymph nodes. These tests are important in determining the best treatment plan for a particular case.
Cancers are diagnosed from stage 1 – 4 depending on the stage of growth. In stage 1 of lymphoma, the cancer is limited to one group of lymph nodes. In stage 4, the cancer has spread throughout the lymphatic system and affected other areas of the body.
If lymphatic cancer is diagnosed early, the disease can be controlled for several years or fully treated. This is why early cancer diagnosis is critical.
If your GP, consultant, radiologist or other health care provider failed to diagnose your lymphoma 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’ lymphoma cancer claims experts today on on 0333 900 8787, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form.
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Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects lymphocytes in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important part of your body’s immune system. It contains lymphocytes, which are white blood cells responsible for protecting the body against infections. These cells can become abnormal and develop into cancerous tumours.
The disease is generally divided into two categories:
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: This a rare type of lymphoma that is diagnostically differentiated by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells (i.e., unusually large mutated B lymphocytes). It often grows in the lymph nodes around the neck and it is most common in people between 20-34 years.
Around 20% of the total cases of lymphoma are Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with the most common type of Hodgkin’s disease being nodular sclerosis CHL, where lymph nodes contain both cancerous cells and normal white blood cells.
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL): A lymphoma without Reed-Sternberg cells is classified as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It is more common than Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are determined by where the cancer began i.e. B-cell lymphomas or T-cell lymphomas.
The types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas include:
- Follicular lymphoma
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
- Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
- Skin lymphoma
Because the symptoms of both Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can resemble those of other conditions, lymphoma can be misdiagnosed or diagnosed late by a GP, consultant or other healthcare provider.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines to help GPs identify the symptoms of lymphoma so patients can receive treatment as soon as possible. However, the early symptoms of lymphoma may not always be specific and it is easy to overlook them. They include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Skin itching
- Stomach pain
- Itchy rash
- Bone pain
- Shortness of breath
It is the doctor’s responsibility to be acutely aware of these symptoms and to investigate them in order to diagnose lymphoma early.
Lymphoma cancer patients could potentially increase their lifespan if the disease is diagnosed early and treated immediately. However, mistakes can happen—leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment. If you believe your lymphoma cancer diagnosis has been made worse due to medical negligence, you should contact experienced medical negligence solicitors for expert advice.
Compensation claims may be successful if it can be proven that your doctor or gp’s diagnosis (or misdiagnosis) fell below the standard that is expected of a practitioner with a similar level of knowledge and skill in the field, and resulted in damage to you or a loved one. To claim negligence, one would need to prove that the delay in diagnosing the lymphoma cancer adversely affected your health outcome.
To make a compensation claim for lymphoma cancer misdiagnosis, 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, 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 your treatment and recovery.
Absolutely!; Devonshires Claims can provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for lymphoma cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims
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If your lymphoma was diagnosed late or misdiagnosed your compensation pay-out could provide for your:
- 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 eg. travel
- Specialist care and support
The compensation pay-out for cancer misdiagnosis can only be determined once we understand the full impact of disease and the delay in diagnosis on your life and wellbeing.
Lymphoma statistics in the UK Between 2015 – 2017
|Hodgkin lymphoma statistics|
Survive Hodgkin lymphoma for 10 or more years, 2013-2017, England
Hodgkin lymphoma cases are preventable, UK, 2015
|Hodgkin lymphoma is not among the 20 most common causes of cancer death in the UK, accounting for less than 1% of all cancer deaths (2017).|
|Non-Hodgkin lymphoma statistics|
Survive non-Hodgkin lymphoma for 10 or more years, 2013-2017, England and Wales
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases are preventable, UK, 2015
|Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the 11th most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for 3% of all cancer deaths (2017).|
In 2018, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma was the 11th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world. **
Contact our medical negligence solicitors today
If you feel that your GP, consultant or other healthcare provider was negligent and responsible for the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of lymphoma cancer, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Actions which also constitute medical negligence include:
- unnecessary delays in lymphoma cancer treatment,
- poor medical care,
- or being wrongly advised about the best treatment options.
At Devonshires Claims our highly experienced medical negligence solicitors can address cancer misdiagnosis; Devonshires Claims’ solicitors have helped patients throughout the UK obtain compensation which reflected the negligence and provided financial support for medical treatment, specialist care and aids and loss of earnings. For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts today on 0333 900 8787, email email@example.com or complete our online form.
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