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Receiving a diagnosis of lymphoma cancer can be an incredibly worrying time for you and your family.

You may be concerned about what your treatment plan will involve and what kind of effect it will have on your body, as well as the impact it will have on your life. Cancer treatment often involves taking extended periods of time off work, which can put a financial strain on you and your family.

Early diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma provides patients with the best possible prognosis. Any delay in the disease being detected can potentially lead to the cancer progressing and spreading to other parts of the body, which can then make it more difficult to treat, often requiring more invasive forms of treatment.

If your lymphoma was misdiagnosed by a medical professional and your condition has subsequently worsened due to a delay in receiving treatment, you may be entitled to claim compensation. At Lanyon Bowdler, we have helped many clients in similar circumstances to pursue legal action – whether they received negligent treatment from the NHS or a private hospital.

No amount of compensation can make up for the turmoil you have faced, but the payment you receive can help to ease the financial burden of taking time off work, as well as allowing you to access private treatments and therapies to aid your recovery from lymphoma. If you’re unsure about where to begin, the first step should be to contact our medical negligence team, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and offer clear and concise guidance.

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Can I claim compensation for Misdiagnosis of Lymphoma?

When you visit your GP or a specialist, they owe you a duty of care to take your symptoms seriously, to conduct appropriate tests; and provide appropriate treatment. A breach in their duty of care can have dire consequences for your condition – for example, the cancer may spread further if it is not diagnosed promptly, potentially meaning that the only viable treatment options are invasive and aggressive.

A medical professional can be considered negligent in their care for a number of reasons, including:

  • Failure to recognise or identify the symptoms of lymphoma
  • Failure to perform the necessary examinations when a patient presents with symptoms
  • Failure to refer the patient to a specialist when lymphoma is suspected
  • Failure to recognise that the patient possesses one or more of the risk factors for lymphoma
  • Failure to order blood testing and/or a biopsy in patients who present with symptoms
  • Failure to read or correctly interpret the results of the biopsy, blood test, or scans
  • Failure to follow up on abnormal test results
  • Failure to accurately diagnose lymphoma, instead attributing the symptoms to a different condition

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you have received any kind of negligent treatment from a medical professional that has led to your lymphoma progressing and spreading to other parts of your body, we can help you to claim the compensation that you may be entitled to. Whether your cancer was initially misdiagnosed as a less serious condition, or your results were misinterpreted and you were mistakenly given the all-clear, our experienced medical negligence solicitors can help you to seek justice against those who have wronged you.

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Your Lymphoma Negligence questions answered

What is Lymphoma Cancer?

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system – including the lymph nodes, bone marrow, thymus, spleen, and tonsils. The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting white blood cells (lymphocytes) throughout the body via a clear fluid called lymph, helping the body to fight illnesses and infections. The lymph fluid is filtered through the lymph nodes (glands) located throughout the body, including the groin, neck, armpits, and pelvis. The lymphocytes within the nodes attack foreign bodies such as bacteria, which is what causes your glands to feel swollen when you are poorly.

Cancer of the lymphatic system occurs when there is an accumulation of cells within one or more of the lymph nodes, resulting in a tumour. The lymphatic system is responsible for fighting disease and providing immunity to infections, therefore patients suffering from lymphatic cancer are also particularly vulnerable to other illnesses and diseases as their immune system is compromised.

Lymphatic cancer is divided into two categories:

  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – This is the rarest form of lymphoma, accounting for around 20% of all lymphoma cases. It typically affects the lymph nodes in the neck, causing the cells to continuously divide and grow, eventually forming a tumour. When caught early, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is typically treated and controlled successfully.
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – This is the most common form of lymphoma, and is the fifth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma also involves blood cells behaving abnormally, dividing and growing until a tumour forms, but it can affect any part of the body, not just the lymph nodes.
What are the symptoms of Lymphoma?

The symptoms of lymphoma, particularly the early signs of the disease, can be very similar to the symptoms of many, often less serious, conditions. For this reason, the symptoms of lymphoma may be overlooked. However, it is the responsibility of your doctor to take your symptoms seriously and rule out any potentially more serious conditions.

The key symptoms to look out for include:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash or itchy skin
  • Pain and/or swelling in the abdomen
  • Night sweats, excessive sweating, and fever
  • Swollen/enlarged lymph nodes
  • Swelling/inflammation in the neck
  • General fatigue and drowsiness
  • Pain in the bones
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Unexplained coughing
  • Increased illnesses such as colds/flu
  • Slower recovery from common viruses

This list is not exhaustive, and not every patient will experience all of the symptoms. However, if you experience any of the above, or any changes in your general energy levels and wellbeing, it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible so that they can carry out an assessment and diagnosis.

What causes Lymphoma?

Lymphoma occurs when the lymphocytes start to mutate, causing cells to multiply and grow, which eventually forms into a tumour. It is not fully understood why this happens, but a number of potential contributing factors have been identified, including:

  • Autoimmune disease such as lupus or coeliac disease
  • Weakened immune system due to HIV or an organ transplant
  • Helicobacter pylori which affects the lining of the stomach
  • A previous diagnosis of cancer elsewhere in the body
  • Epstein Barr virus or Human T-Cell Lymphotropic virus

Having one or more of the risk factors does not necessarily mean you will develop lymphoma, but your doctor should be extra vigilant if you fall into one of the above categories and are also presenting with any of the symptoms of lymphoma. Likewise, the disease doesn’t just affect those who are at an increased risk, so anyone displaying symptoms should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

How is Lymphoma diagnosed?

Upon presenting to your GP with symptoms of lymphoma, they will usually perform a physical examination to check for swelling in your lymph nodes, followed by an urgent referral to a specialist. The first step in diagnosing lymphoma is typically for a specialist to perform a biopsy to remove cells from one or more of the affected lymph nodes. The sample is then sent to a pathologist for examination under a microscope to look for the presence of cancerous cells.

If cancerous cells are discovered in the biopsy sample, further testing is then required in order to determine the type of cancer; what stage it is at; and if it has spread. This testing will typically involve carrying out a lot of scans – including magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI), computed tomography scans (CT), positron emission tomography scans (PET), blood tests, bone marrow samples, and chest x-rays.

Lymphoma is graded from stage 1 to 4 depending on its growth and how far it has spread throughout the body. For example, stage 1 lymphoma is localised to one localised group of lymph nodes, while stage 4 lymphoma has spread throughout the lymphatic system and is also affecting other areas of the body.

How is Lymphoma treated?

Treatment for lymphoma will usually depend on several factors, such as the location of the cancer; the stage it has been graded; how far it has spread, plus the general health and wellbeing of the patient. Treatment options for lymphoma include:

  • Chemotherapy – This is the main form of treatment used in lymphoma. It involves -cancer-killing medication being administered intravenously over a period of time, to destroy the cancerous cells. However, it also kills non-cancerous cells and many patients can have side effects such as hair loss, fatigue, vomiting, and weight loss.
  • Radiotherapy – This treatment is most effective in the early stages of lymphoma, and it involves the use of radiation to kill cancer cells. As well as killing cancerous cells, radiotherapy can also affect healthy cells too, leading to such side effects as loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, and damage to skin and organs.
  • Monoclonal antibody therapy – This is a type of immunotherapy which works by triggering the body’s immune system to attack the cancer in a targeted way. It is usually administered intravenously, and side effects can be similar to those of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

If you feel that you weren’t offered the appropriate treatment for your lymphoma, or that your treatment was delayed due to misdiagnosis, you may be able to claim compensation. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors have extensive experience in helping people like you seek justice and receive compensation.

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We understand that seeking legal action or compensation for Lymphoma negligence or misdiagnosis is not going to be your first thought. The journey ahead may seem daunting, and suffering because of the negligence of healthcare professionals can make this time even more distressing.

Many of our clients feel they deserve an apology or admission of liability from the trust, hospital, or practice responsible for the negligence. We always seek this from the defendant, with the aim of getting justice for your suffering. We then continue to liaise with insurance providers and healthcare organisations to reach an outcome you’re satisfied with, including compensation for the events and financial support for the future of you and your family.

Lanyon Bowdler is a team of highly qualified and nationally recognised Medical Negligence Solicitors who consistently receive praise from the Legal 500, Chambers UK, and many more legal organisations across the country. Our expertise allows us to communicate between you and the responsible party in the most efficient way possible, ensuring your interests are protected throughout.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, and Telford, so are able to act for clients in Cancer Negligence Claims all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England and Wales.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your Lymphoma Negligence Claim.

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