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Being told that you have cancer is life changing news.

It is a disease that often involves intensive and/or invasive treatment which can have a huge impact on the daily life of the patient and their family. In most cases, early diagnosis and treatment provides patients with the best possible long-term outlook, and any delay in receiving a diagnosis could potentially have devastating consequences.

Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer which affects the bones and soft tissue, and unlike a lot of other types of cancer, sarcoma often affects younger people. There are hundreds of different types of sarcoma and symptoms can vary depending on the part of the body which is affected.

Any changes to your health are always worth consulting your GP. Your doctor has a duty of care to ensure that any symptoms you report are investigated appropriately, and any failure to do so could potentially lead to a worsening of your condition. Receiving negligent treatment for your sarcoma may mean the cancer spreads to other parts of your body, and you may then require a more intensive course of treatment than would have otherwise been necessary. In some cases, it could even mean the sarcoma becomes untreatable.

If you have received negligent medical treatment, you may be able to claim compensation. Likewise, if your child’s sarcoma has worsened after substandard treatment, or you have sadly lost a loved one due to negligence, you may be able to claim on their behalf. Here at Lanyon Bowdler our highly qualified team of medical negligence solicitors have the knowledge and experience to guide you through your case and ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch and find out just how we can help you.

 

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What constitutes Sarcoma Negligence?

In most cases, patients with sarcoma receive exceptional treatment and care. However, medical mistakes can sometimes be made, potentially resulting in the cancer progressing and spreading to other parts of the body, which can make it more difficult to treat.

Some examples of medical mistakes that constitute sarcoma negligence include:

  • Your GP fails to carry out the appropriate examinations when you present with symptoms
  • Your symptoms are incorrectly diagnosed as a different condition
  • Your GP fails to refer you to a specialist for further testing
  • Your GP fails to check whether you are in a high-risk category for developing sarcoma
  • The specialist fails to carry out the appropriate testing for sarcoma
  • Your test results are misread and misinterpreted
  • An abnormal test result is not followed up on
  • There is a significant delay in the tests being carried out
  • The treatment prescribed is not appropriate for treating the type of sarcoma with which you have been diagnosed

Medical negligence can have a profound impact on a patient’s prognosis for sarcoma. For example, when sarcoma is misdiagnosed as a different, less serious condition, it can not only lead to the cancer spreading and progressing, but a patient may also receive unnecessary treatment which could cause further health complications. Any delay in receiving the correct diagnosis and treatment also has the potential to allow the cancer to become so advanced it is untreatable, with the only course of action being palliative care.

Our Sarcoma Claims Expertise

Lanyon Bowdler is a specialised firm of Medical Negligence Solicitors. With years of experience, we support clients in Sarcoma Negligence Claims, including cases involving cancer misdiagnosis. Our expertise in this field is acknowledged by national organisations, peers, and clients across the UK.

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The Medical Negligence Team is recognised in Tier One for the West Midlands in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which states ‘The ‘approachable and collaborative individuals’ at Lanyon Bowdler are praised for the ‘time given to the client to offer reassurance and explanations. It has a vast array of experience in cases involving catastrophic injuries (including birth, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and fatal claims)’.

Chambers UK 2024

Chambers UK 2024 rank the department in Band One for the Midlands and states ‘an impressive practice group with a growing presence across the West Midlands. The team offers specialist advice across the full gamut of clinical negligence mandates, with particular experience in cases of surgical error, delayed diagnosis and failure to supervise those at risk of suicide. The firm is additionally skilled in cases relating to post-surgical negligence, brain injury and fatal claims.’

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Listen here to Beth Heath and a former colleague from the Clinical Negligence team talk about the delay in diagnosis of Cancer, using fictitious, but typical cases to illustrate the challenges people are facing.

Your Sarcoma Compensation questions answered

What is Sarcoma?

Sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that can affect a variety of areas within the body including the bones, muscles, cartilage, fibrous tissue, fatty tissue, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. The parts of the body most often affected by sarcoma are the legs, arms, torso, stomach and the female reproductive system.

Around 1% of all cancer diagnoses in the UK each year are sarcoma. The rarest form of sarcoma is bone sarcoma, with less than 500 people in the UK being diagnosed each year. Figures from the charity Sarcoma UK show that the survival rate for the disease has been gradually improving over the past two decades, however, early diagnosis plays a vital role in the survival rate.

What are the different types of Sarcoma?

There are several different types of sarcoma, affecting different parts of the body. Each type may present with slightly different symptoms and may require a different course of treatment.

Some of the most common types of sarcoma include:

  • Chondrosarcoma – Develops within the cartilage of the thigh bone, pelvis, and upper arm
  • Osteosarcoma – Develops most often within the shin, knee, thigh, or upper arm bones, and mostly affects teens and young adults
  • Chordoma – Develops in the base of the skull or base of the spine and mostly affects adults of middle age
  • Ewing’s Sarcoma – Develops most often in the pelvis, thigh bone, and shin bone, affecting mainly teens and young adults
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) – Develops in the soft tissue of the gastrointestinal tract, mostly affecting the stomach and small bowel
  • Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumour (MPNST) – Can develop anywhere in the body and forms in the cells that surround the nerves
  • Kaposi’s Sarcoma – This is caused by the HHV-8 virus and typically affects the mouth and skin
What are the symptoms of Sarcoma?

The symptoms of sarcoma often don’t present themselves in the early stages of the disease and the symptoms typically vary depending on the part of the body that is affected by sarcoma. However, some of the key symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Pain in the bones which is often worse at night
  • Swelling in the affected area
  • A painful lump appearing under the skin
  • Painful joints and restricted movement
  • A persistent cough or breathing difficulties (if sarcoma develops in the lungs)
  • Abdominal pain (if sarcoma develops in the digestive system)

Sarcoma can develop within the soft tissues of the body, and the tumour can push the healthy tissue aside as it grows, so a sarcoma tumour may grow quite large before it begins to cause noticeable symptoms.

As soon as you notice any differences in your health, it is advisable to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor has a duty of care to listen to your concerns and carry out the appropriate tests and examinations to rule out certain conditions and reach a diagnosis.

Any failure of a doctor to follow up on your reported symptoms may constitute medical negligence, and you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you feel that the treatment you received was not up to standard, please get in touch and our medical negligence team will be happy to discuss the matter with you and offer guidance.

What are the risk factors for developing Sarcoma?

It is not known exactly what causes sarcoma to develop, however there are several risk factors which may increase the likelihood of an individual developing the disease. If you present to your doctor with potential symptoms of sarcoma, they should also seek to establish whether you fall into one or more of the following high-risk categories:

  • A family history of sarcoma
  • Being a teenager or young adult
  • A history of the bone disorder Paget’s disease
  • Exposure to radiation including during previous cancer treatments
  • A genetic disorder including retinoblastoma, neurofibromatosis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and Gardner syndrome

The presence of one or more of these risk factors does not necessarily mean that you will develop sarcoma. However, it should serve to heighten your doctor’s awareness of your symptoms and ensure that they order the correct tests to either rule out or confirm the presence of sarcoma. Failure to take these potential risk factors into account could constitute negligence and may give you grounds on which to claim compensation.

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If you or a loved one have received negligent treatment from a medical professional which has led to your sarcoma progressing, our medical negligence lawyers can help you to find answers and ensure the failings do not occur again in the future. We can also help you obtain compensation if you are unable to work and lose earnings.

At Lanyon Bowdler, we take pride in being a friendly and approachable law firm in Wales, so please get in touch if you or a loved one have been affected by a late or missed diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. We have the expertise to handle your sarcome negligence case with the utmost care and diligence.

Not only are we here to help guide you through the process of seeking financial compensation, but we are also able to help you in a variety of other ways. For example, we can facilitate access to medical treatments and therapies that may not be otherwise available to you.

We have offices in ShrewsburyTelfordOswestryLudlowHerefordBromyard and Conwy, where our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to welcome you for an initial chat about your requirements.

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