Lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system, and there are two main types: Hodgkin lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lymphoma is a disease which affects the body’s cells. Lymphocytes, white blood cells which fight infection, start to multiply abnormally and collect in the lymphatic system. These lymphocytes lose their ability to fight infection which makes the patient more susceptible to infection and illness. The only difference between Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the type of cells that are affected. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for 80% of cases with over 12,000 people in the UK diagnosed every year.
The main symptom includes a painless swelling in your armpit, groin or neck, but other symptoms can include:
- Night sweats
- Persistent itchy skin
- Unexplained weight loss
It’s best to see a GP if you are concerned; they will usually refer you to the hospital for a biopsy, the only way to diagnose lymphoma. You may have indolent lymphoma, which progresses slowly, or aggressive lymphoma, which progresses quickly. Aggressive lymphoma needs to be treated immediately, but it is easier to cure. Failure to diagnose lymphoma could lead to the disease spreading. Treatments usually include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and monoclonal antibody therapy.
Have you been diagnosed with lymphoma?
Being told you have lymphoma, or any other serious illness, comes as a shock. So imagine if you suffered after a failure to diagnose lymphoma? If your GP fails to make a correct diagnosis, you may not get the treatment you need. Perhaps someone you love has died due to a delayed or misdiagnosis, or their treatment has been delayed and they have been left suffering. However, if you have been affected by this type of medical negligence, you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation after failure to diagnose lymphoma
When you feel let down by the medical profession, turn to Accident Advice Helpline for support. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers has years of experience in the personal injury industry. We’ve dealt with hundreds of claims for misdiagnosis and other types of medical negligence, and we offer confidential, no-obligation advice. So, whether you’re ready to push ahead with a claim for compensation or simply want some more advice on the process, call our freephone helpline today to speak to a member of the team. We offer a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ service, so that’s another weight off your mind. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown