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Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare kind of bone cancer that most frequently effects children and young people from the ages of 7 to 20 years. More boys suffer from the disease than girls.
The cancer grows in the bones or sometimes in the soft tissue which surrounds bones, such as nerves and cartilage.
If left untreated Ewing’s sarcoma is aggressive and is likely to spread rapidly to other parts of the body but if it is caught early enough sufferers have high prospects of a complete cure.
What are the symptoms?
Due to the youth of most Ewing’s sarcoma sufferers, the symptoms are often initially put down to other causes such as a sprain or “growing pains”. This can lead to a delay in diagnosis.
The pelvis, thigh bone and shin bone are the most commonly affected areas but Ewing’s sarcoma can affect any bony area.
Some key symptoms are:
- bone pain, that gradually gets more severe, frequently occurring at night;
- restricted movement in a joint
- a mass or swelling
- intermittent fever
- weight loss and decreased appetite
- numbness, tingling or paralysis in the effected limb
- if the tumor is in the spine, paralysis and incontinence can occur.
If Ewing’s sarcoma is left untreated and allowed to spread, the lungs will often be the secondary site of cancerous growth.
How Ewing’s sarcoma is treated
The NICE guidelines recommend that patients with sarcoma should be referred to one of the five national bone sarcoma centres in England and Wales, located in Newcastle, Manchester & Oswestry, Birmingham, Oxford and London for treatment.
Ewing’s sarcoma is usually managed with a combination of therapies, with chemotherapy being used as the first line of defence to shrink the tumour. It will then be assessed whether surgery is required. Amputation of part, or all, of an affected limb may be necessary.
Making a claim for delayed diagnosis
Of course, as with any cancer there is the potential for a poor outcome. However if Ewing’s sarcoma is diagnosed promptly, sufferers have a high chance of complete recovery
Sadly, negligence claims relating to Ewing’s sarcoma frequently relate to a delay in diagnosis and the commencement of treatment. The following case study is an example of a claim we handled on behalf of one of our clients.
“We helped our client, a 14-year-old boy, to negotiate a settlement of £80,000 for a four month delay in correctly diagnosing and treating his Ewing’s sarcoma. As a result of the delay the cancer spread from the left leg to the right leg and our client had to undergo a more intense form of chemotherapy than he would have otherwise. This treatment carried a 90% chance of causing future infertility, which damaged his marriage prospects. This was culturally very important to him, as he hailed from an Islamic background.”
How much compensation might I receive for a delay in treatment of Ewing’s sarcoma?
The amount of compensation you might receive will depend on your individual circumstances and the severity of the injuries you have suffered.
Cases involve claims for 24-hour care, adapted accommodation, equipment, therapies and so on, are likely to have settlement awards that run into six figure sums.
At the lower end of the compensation scale, if there is ongoing pain and restriction in activities, the settlement may be in the tens of thousands of pounds.
How long do I have to make a claim?
Usually court proceedings must be issued within three years of the negligence which caused the injury. If, however, the damage done is not immediately evident, the three year period may run from when you gained knowledge of the damage having been done to you. The limitation period for children is also different, they have three years from their 18th birthday in which to bring a claim.
Can I sue for errors made in the treatment of or delay in treatment of Ewing’s sarcoma?
If your treatment was carried out on the NHS, and the error was negligent, you can sue the NHS. If your treatment was provided privately you would sue the individual doctor.
How long will a claim take?
This is quite heavily dependent upon the complexity of the claim. The range is between 18 months to five years for the majority of claims. We pride ourselves in progressing claims to their conclusion in the shortest time possible, while maximising the compensation to which you are entitled.
How can I pay for the claim?
The vast majority of our claims are funded by way of a Conditional Fee Agreement (“no win, no fee”).