Blood Cancer Misdiagnosis
Blood cancer is diagnosed in large numbers, approximately 72 people every day in the UK will be told they have it. That is over 26,000 every year or 1 person every 20 minutes.
The main types of blood cancers are:
A cancer of the lymphatic system. There are two main types of lymphatic cancers called Hodgkin Lymphoma and non-hodgkin Lymphoma. The difference between Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the cells that they affect.
Is a cancer of the white blood cells and can be classed as acute (faster growing) or Chronic (slower growing). Leukaemia is named according to the type of blood cell it affects. The four primary types are Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), Acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL) and Chronic Lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
Is also known as multiple myeloma and is cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell and they form part of your immune system. Cancerous cells produce only one type of antibody called paraprotein which has no useful properties instead of immunoglobulins which helps to fight infections.
Hairy cell leukaemia
Is defined by its appearance displaying fine hair like strands around the outside of the cancer cells. This cancer usually affects people in the age range of 40 to 60 and is more common in men than women.
Some other cancers of the blood may affect other areas such as mycosis fungoides. This is a T-cell lymphoma which generally affects the skin.
Cancer needs to be diagnosed early and correctly so you have the best chances of recovery. If mistakes are made by medical professionals, your diagnosis might be delayed and it may mean your cancer is harder to treat, or has become terminal.
You may have a medical negligence claim if a medical professional failed to:
- Examine you correctly
- Refer you to a cancer specialist
- Recognise and investigate symptoms properly
- Refer you for Ultrasound, MRI and CT scans
- Send you for the correct tests
- Give you the correct treatment
Is cancer often misdiagnosed?
The NHSLA, the body that looks after all claims made against the NHS, say their figures show that in 2014/15 cancer was the second most misdiagnosed condition they received claims for.
How do we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
When someone suffers an injury that impacts their life, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
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If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.