Physicians are trained to recognize the warnings signs of cancer, so that an early diagnosis can be made. But when a medical provider misses those signals, cancer may be diagnosed late, incorrectly or not all. The patient's prognosis will undoubtedly suffer, and the error may mean the difference between life and death. Late diagnosis often results in the necessity of additional invasive surgical procedures, more tissue loss, and the necessity of more aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatment.
Cancer diagnosis mistakes and malpractice may include: