Cancer will affect almost half of us at some point in our life, and being diagnosed with cancer is a very scary and stressful time. Cancer care in the UK is world-leading, and we can expect that any type of cancer, including bone cancer is treated to the best of the doctors’ abilities. However this doesn’t mean that mistakes can be made, and in our opinion, cases of medical or clinical negligence happen far more often than they should.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer and think because of an error made in your medical care you have suffered, you could have a case for compensation for medical negligence.
Types of bone cancer
Bone cancers are split into two main groups. Primary bone cancer is when the cancer starts with a tumour growing inside one of your bones. Secondary bone cancer is where the cancer starts somewhere else, and spreads into your bones. There are four main types of bone cancer.
· Osteosarcoma. This is the most common types of bone cancer and mainly affects children and adolescents. It is most commonly found on the larger bones in the body.
· Ewing’s Sarcoma. This sort of bone cancer also mainly affects people under the age of 20, and is found on the shin, thigh or pelvis.
· Chondrosarcoma. These usually develop adults between the ages of 40 and 50 and develop on the ribs, shoulder blade, pelvis, thigh and upper arm bones.
· Spindle Cell Sarcoma. These develop in adults over the age of 40 and are similar in symptoms to osteosarcoma.
Symptoms of bone cancer
Symptoms which could lead to a suspicion of bone cancer can include pain in the bones which gets progressively worse and becomes more severe at night, swelling in joints, weight loss, high temperature and increased sweating. Bone cancer is very rare, but if all of these symptoms happen at the same time, go to see your doctor to be checked out. The causes of bone cancers are not fully understood, but people who have been exposed to radiation or who suffer from Paget’s disease are more likely to develop bone cancer.
What does bone cancer misdiagnosis mean?
Common with other sorts of cancers, there are many ways in which a doctor can misdiagnose bone cancer. In the past, the main way of treating bone cancer was to amputate the affected bone, although modern techniques involve replacing cancerous bones with metal implants. Chemotherapy is the main treatment used to shrink the tumour and as these treatments are radical, a wrong diagnosis can have far reaching effects.
A recent study found that on some occasions doctors were mistaking bone cancer for growing pains or a sporting injury because of the pains in the bones and swelling around joints. This is especially the case with osteosarcoma which occurs mostly in children and can be mistaken for many other more common injuries.
My Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Can I Claim Compensation?
You might well be eligible to make a compensation claim for misdiagnosis of bone cancer if:
· You’ve been told you have bone cancer and it turns out that you have a completely benign condition instead.
· Your treatment has been delayed because a doctor failed to diagnose your bone cancer.
· Your symptoms of bone cancer were diagnosed as a completely different condition.
· There were delays in diagnosing you.
· You were not told about the possible outcomes or the risks involved with a procedure or course of treatment by a medical professional.
· You suffered complications because the proper testing methods were not used.
There are other circumstances which could count as misdiagnosis of bone cancer too, so speak to an experienced and specialist medical negligence solicitor about the specifics of your case.
Taking your Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim forward. Call our specialists today
Just as with other types of compensation claim, it is very important to start the claim process for bone cancer misdiagnosis as soon as you become aware of it. There are strict deadlines imposed on this sort of case, and generally you will have three years from the time you became aware of the problem.
It is therefore critically important that you don’t delay and give our specialist team a call today.
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