Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer which affects the body’s lymphatic system, part of the immune system. There are two main types of lymphoma – Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin; the only difference is the type of cells which are affected. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the more common of the two, accounting for around 80% of all cases. The disease causes lymphocytes, infection-fighting white blood cells, to multiply uncontrollably and collect in the body’s lymph nodes. They also lose their infection-fighting abilities, meaning sufferers are more vulnerable to infection.
The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a painless swelling in the armpit, neck or groin, but other symptoms can include:
- Night sweats
- Persistent itching of the skin
- Unexplained weight loss
It’s a good idea to see your GP if you experience these symptoms. The only way to diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma is with a biopsy of your lymph node, which will be removed and tested. Your GP will need to refer you for a biopsy, and if your diagnosis is confirmed, further tests will be carried out to assess how far the cancer has spread. Treatment is usually with a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but failure to diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma could mean delayed treatments, which could cause this fairly aggressive cancer to spread to other parts of the body.
Have you been affected by clinical negligence?
We all have certain expectations of medical professionals. We expect our GP to take us seriously when we visit them displaying symptoms and we expect them to diagnose what is wrong with us and prescribe treatment. If failure to diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma has affected you, you’re probably feeling disappointed and angry. Your prognosis may have been affected by your delayed diagnosis or you may have needed more aggressive treatment which could have been avoided.
Claiming compensation for personal injury
Medical negligence is a broad term, but if you have received a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, there may be evidence that medical negligence has occurred. The best way to find out is to call Accident Advice Helpline – we’ve been in the personal injury industry since 2000, so we can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We work on a 100% no win no fee basis, and come highly recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. For confidential, no-obligation advice and to discuss your unique situation in full with an expert member of the team, call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown