Bone cancer misdiagnosis: how to make a claim

What are the common symptoms of bone cancer?

Symptoms of bone cancer can vary depending on the type and location of the cancer, but common symptoms include pain, swelling, difficulty moving around, fatigue, high temperature, weakened bones, and weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may run a series of tests, such as imaging tests (i.e. PET scans, radiographs, CT scans), biopsies, and blood tests to rule out any other causes.

Symptoms can often mimic those of other less serious conditions, meaning misdiagnosis can sometimes be possible if the patient is not referred for further testing to rule out these issues. If your cancer has recently been misdiagnosed, you should contact a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible.

How does a misdiagnosis happen?

Misdiagnosis of bone cancer is quite common, and it is estimated that up to 30% of bone cancer cases are misdiagnosed or mismanaged. Common reasons for bone cancer misdiagnosis include errors with testing, delayed diagnosis, improper interpretation of test results, lack of time with patients, and no follow-up. The patient's initial results could be misread, or their biopsy results could be misinterpreted too. Those responsible for delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis include GPs, clinicians and surgeons.

Bone cancer can be mistaken for other conditions, such as arthritis (especially in adults) and growing pains (especially in children and teenagers). It is important to get a diagnosis as soon as possible, as misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can have drastic outcomes for patients, including the spreading of cancer cells and the wrong treatments being administered.

If a medical professional has failed to diagnose your bone cancer correctly or on time, get in touch with our clinical negligence lawyers today for a free consultation.

How do you make a bone cancer misdiagnosis claim?

If you believe that you or someone you know has been a victim of medical negligence, it is important to make a claim. Medical malpractice can have a devastating impact for patients, including large expenses, spreading of cancer cells, loss of time, wrong treatments, and in some cases, even death. Making a claim is a lengthy and sometimes complicated process, so it is important to find a reputable solicitor firm that can provide you with the right advice and support.

Wake Smith is a well-established and accredited firm that has been operating for over 200 years and has more than 40 experienced legal professionals. We have a solid reputation and are dedicated to helping our clients with their claims.

How Wake Smith can help

At Wake Smith, we understand that making a claim can be daunting and we pride ourselves on providing a professional and approachable service. We are dedicated to helping our clients and have specialist solicitors who are experienced in handling medical negligence claims, including those for misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of bone cancer. We understand the complexities of the medical system and are here to guide you through the process, from gathering evidence to making sure you get the best result.

To find out more, please get in touch with us today by filling out our online form.

Common queries

How is bone cancer diagnosed?

Bone cancer is usually diagnosed through imaging tests (i.e. PET scans, radiographs, CT scans), biopsies, and blood tests. If you suspect that you have bone cancer, you should visit your GP as soon as possible.

How is bone cancer treated?

Treatment for bone cancer will depend on the type and stage of the cancer, but generally, treatment may involve surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.

What are the different types of bone cancer?

The most common type of bone cancer is osteosarcoma, but other types of bone cancer include Ewing sarcoma and chondrosarcoma.

How long do you have to make a cancer misdiagnosis claim?

In most cases, you have three years from the date you became aware mistakes had been made.

How often is cancer misdiagnosed?

It is estimated that up to 30% of bone cancer cases are misdiagnosed or mismanaged.

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