Leukaemia is a type of cancer which affects the white blood cells and bone marrow. In leukaemia sufferers, the body produces more white blood cells than are needed. These cells accumulate and interfere with the functions of vital organs as well as the body’s production of healthy blood cells. This leaves those affected more susceptible to infection and suffering from anaemia. There are four different types of leukaemia and the type of treatment you will receive depends on the type you have.
During the early stages of the condition, there are often no symptoms present, however later symptoms could include:
- Loss of appetite or weight
- Tendency to bleed or bruise easily
- Pain under the left lower ribs
- Swollen lymph nodes
Leukaemia is diagnosed by a physical check and blood tests; your GP may refer you to a haematologist who may carry out a bone marrow biopsy, and further tests including scans. There are several different types of treatment including radiation therapy, chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Acute leukaemia needs to be treated right away, whilst with chronic leukaemia, your doctor may suggest ‘watchful waiting’ and monitoring symptoms. Failure to diagnose leukaemia could have life-changing consequences and could even mean that you fail to recover from your illness.
Have you been diagnosed with leukaemia?
Receiving a diagnosis of leukaemia is stressful enough in itself, but if you have been the victim of a failure to diagnose leukaemia, you may be suffering as a result of your doctor’s negligence. We rely on medical professionals to listen to our symptoms, examine us and tell us what’s wrong – failing to do so could constitute negligence. If you have been affected by medical negligence, contacting a personal injury lawyer can help you to find out whether you could claim compensation for your suffering.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
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Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown