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Bone cancer misdiagnosis

Thankfully, advancements in both the research and treatment of cancers in recent years mean that survival rates for illnesses like bone cancer are much increased, especially when the condition is diagnosed promptly, and treatment can start quickly.

Unfortunately, bone cancer misdiagnosis can sometimes occur. This is when either the wrong condition is diagnosed, or the bone cancer diagnosis is delayed, and means that the appropriate treatment isn’t started as early as it could have been. It is also sometimes the case that a misdiagnosis of bone cancer can mean that incorrect treatment is given for a condition that the patient doesn’t actually have, which can be harmful in itself, as well as the delay in treating the bone cancer correctly. Issues like this can have a seriously detrimental impact on someone’s prognosis.

If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of bone cancer misdiagnosis, you might be eligible to make a bone cancer misdiagnosis claim for compensation. While compensation can’t change the illness or prognosis, a successful bone cancer claim can help the whole family to gain a sense of justice for what has happened and start to move forward. Call our team on 0161 696 6165.

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How bone cancer might be misdiagnosed

The signs and symptoms of bone cancer can vary widely between patients, can be fairly general and could be signs of many other different illnesses or conditions. They can sometimes include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Mobility issues e.g. you may develop a limp
  • Fatigue
  • High temperature
  • Unexplained weight loss

This can sometimes make it difficult to diagnose bone cancer, but if you explain your symptoms to your GP and they don’t investigate or escalate the issue further, they might be considered negligent if they failed in their duty of care to you.

There are various tests that might help to diagnose bone cancer, with the most conclusive being a biopsy. However, if the medical professional responsible for your care doesn’t refer you for the appropriate tests, it’s possible that the diagnosis, and therefore treatment, will be delayed.

You might be diagnosed as having a totally different condition, and may even undergo weeks or months of treatment for an illness you don’t have, which in itself could potentially do harm to you. On top of this, your bone cancer won’t have been treated as it should in the meantime because you weren’t given the correct diagnosis at an earlier opportunity. This may mean that your cancer has progressed further and the chances of recovery are lower.

Bone cancer misdiagnosis claims

If you are not sure whether you might have a bone cancer misdiagnosis claim, you can contact our expert bone cancer misdiagnosis claims team by calling 0161 696 6165. We can offer you specialist advice that is tailored to your specific circumstances and help you to get the justice you deserve for what has happened to you.

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