Failure To Diagnose Cancer
Nearly as important as cancer prevention, the American Cancer Society (ACS) strongly supports efforts at early detection. When cancer is detected early, it is more treatable, with a reduced chance of recurrence and a much higher chance of survival.
A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can lead to disaster. Failure to properly diagnose cancer is a form of medical malpractice. If a physician failed to diagnose cancer in you or a loved one, you may be entitled to recover damages.
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Benefits Of Early Detection
Many cancer treatments are most effective before the disease spreads throughout the body. If a doctor fails to detect symptoms or recognize complaints that would lead a reasonable physician in the same position to test for and diagnose cancer, the patient may be deprived of treatment options that could lead to recovery.
Given the progressive nature of most types of cancers, the earlier the disease is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. The impact of prompt treatment can significantly affect the patient’s ability to survive the disease.
Causes Of Misdiagnosis
Failure to diagnose cancer is often a sign of a physician’s negligence. Some examples of negligence often resulting in either late or complete misdiagnoses of cancer include:
- Failure to evaluate and test abnormal skin growths
- Failure to detect elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA)
- Failure to order mammograms when suspicious lumps are present
Sometimes, a physician may suspect cancer. When this happens, he or she should consult with radiologists, pathologists and other experts. Radiologists, pathologists and diagnostic laboratories may also be negligent by:
- Failing to correctly interpret tissue samples showing cancerous cells.
- Failing to properly interpret images showing cancerous masses.
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The ACS has stated that a three-month delay (or longer) in diagnosing cancer results in higher mortality among patients. Those who survive will inevitably need more aggressive and expensive treatments.
Regardless of the reason behind the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis, the end results can include complications, physical suffering and even death.
Although there is no known cure for most types of cancer, it has been proven that early detection and treatment increases the chances of beating the disease and extending the life of a patient without a recurrence of the disease.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis or the late diagnosis of cancer, you may be eligible to file a medical negligence claim.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that physicians or caretakers should be held accountable if their actions or negligence result in the harm of a patient. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured in Connecticut.
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