Written by attorney Mitchell Scott Sexner

Cancer Misdiagnosis & Failure to Diagnose Medical Malpractice

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:

  • Doctor failure to diagnose breast cancer or other cancers in a timely manner, resulting in metastasis, permanent injury or death
  • Failure of a general practitioner, gynecologist or internist to refer patient for colonoscopy, prostrate test, mammogram, or cancer screening
  • Failure to properly diagnose a cancerous lump or tumor
  • Failure to diagnose thyroid, brain, bone, bladder, stomach, uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer
  • Opthamologist failure to diagnose sarcoma, glioma, retinoblastoma, or lymphoma
  • Dermatologist failure to biopsy suspicious skin conditions such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, or refer for surgical excision
  • Failure to diagnose by a family doctor, oby-gyn, oncologist-hematologist, radiologist or surgeon

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