Bone Cancer Misdiagnosis
Bone cancer can be categorised into either Primary or Secondary. Primary bone cancer is a rare type of cancer which starts in the bones. Secondary bone cancer usually starts in the long bones of the legs or upper arms. Secondary bone cancer is also called metastasis.
The main types of bone cancer include:
Usually affects children and young adults under 20 years of age and is the most common type. It is thought that growth spurts during puberty are the main cause of cancer in young people.
Most commonly affects people aged between 10 and 20 years old, it is thought that growth spurts during puberty are the main cause of cancer in young people.
Most commonly affects adults over the age of 40. Around 30% of skeletal cancers are chondrosarcomas, they are slow growing in nature and they develop in the cells of cartilage. As a subtype, there is also Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma.
Is a cancer which affects bone marrow cells called Plasma. Cancerous cells fill the bone marrow which reduces the ability to produce normal blood cells. This type of cancer leads to medical problems such as anaemia, infections and bleeding problems
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 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. Bone cancer is often misdiagnosed as growing pains or muscle strains according to the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
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.