Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system, which forms part of the body’s immune system. A clear fluid, known as lymph, flows through your lymphatic system, carrying lymphocytes, white blood cells that fight infection. In those with Hodgkin lymphoma, lymphocytes begin to multiply uncontrollably and collect in the lymph nodes – they lose their ability to fight infection, leaving sufferers vulnerable. Hodgkin lymphoma usually affects those in their 20s or over the age of 70, with around 1,900 people in the UK diagnosed each year.
The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a swelling in the armpit, groin or neck. Some people may find this is painful. Other symptoms can include night sweats, fever, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, itchy skin or a persistent cough. You may find you develop infections more often. The only way to diagnose this type of cancer is with a biopsy, where a sample of your lymph node will be removed and tested.
Hodgkin lymphoma is a fairly aggressive cancer which can spread quickly, but it’s also one of the easiest types of cancer to treat. Failure to diagnose Hodgkin lymphoma could lead to the cancer spreading, meaning that more aggressive treatment is needed. The type of treatment provided depends on age, health and how far the cancer has spread, and usually includes a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Have you been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma?
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating, but what if you have been the victim of failure to diagnose Hodgkin lymphoma? If your doctor has failed to spot symptoms and refer you for a biopsy, the consequences could be serious. You may find by the time you are diagnosed, the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, which could affect your prognosis. You may need more aggressive treatment which could have been avoided, had the cancer been diagnosed sooner.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
Failure to diagnose Hodgkin lymphoma, or any condition, could be classed as medical negligence. The first step to finding out if you could have a viable claim for compensation is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We’ll usually be able to tell you then and there whether your claim is viable. We’ll assess whether negligence occurred, and if it did, we’ll work to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. It’s easy to get in touch with us; just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (we are open 24/7) and speak to a member of the team today.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown