Treatment for cancer has improved and so have screening and diagnostic techniques. Sometimes, though, busy physicians fail to identify the signs of cancer and so do not refer a patient to an oncologist (cancer specialist).
The longer a diagnosis of cancer is delayed, the more difficult its treatment becomes. As the cancer spreads, the patient loses life expectancy, suffers diminished likelihood of successful treatment and is sometimes forced to undergo more invasive treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The patient's life is often profoundly disrupted as the patient misses work and suffers pain, scarring and other injury.
There are times when some cancers cannot be detected until they have progressed to a stage where they are difficult to manage. However, in most circumstances, a doctor should be able to diagnose the cancer or at least refer the patient to a cancer specialist for diagnosis
Do I have a Case for Delay in the Diagnosis of My Cancer?
In order to recover compensation for an injured client, a medical malpractie lawyer must prove not only that a doctor was negligent (careless or irresponsible) but also that the carelessness caused an injury. Sometimes, the most hearbreaking cases present when a doctor was plainly negligent (for example, the doctor missed the spot on the x-ray that revealed lung cancer) but the cancer was so far advanced or the delay so short that the cancer had not significantly progressed during the delay. On the other hand, if the medical evidence and qualified experts can demonstrate that a prompt diagnosis would have increased the chances of successful treatment then the case has a very good chance of success.
Examples of Carelessness in Cancer Misdiagnosis
If you believe that the early symptoms of your cancer were ignored, you should seek the advice of a competent cancer misdiagnosis attorney. Some of the examples of failure to diagnose cancer include:
* Failure to Recognize Common Symptoms of Cancer and Follow-up with the Patient
* Failure to Review Family/Patient History and Routinely Check Patients With History Based Risk of Cancer
* Improper Diagnosis of a Tumor as Not Cancerous
* Failure to Order Appropriate Tests, including CT, MRI or Biopsy
* Ordering the Wrong Tests
* Failure to Refer to an Oncologist (Cancer Specialist)
* Misreading Diagnostics (like X-rays or MRIs)