The MEDLAW Legal Team handling medical malpractice
Wrongful deaths caused by cancer misdiagnosis are on the rise and
are hurting patients' chances for a long survival rate. Early detection
of cancer is a key factor in successful treatment, higher survival rates
and decreased costs of medical bills for cancer patients. For example,
a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer in its early stages will
survive at least 5 years longer.
When cancer is
diagnosed after the disease has progressed, more drastic forms of
treatment such as higher dosages of radiation and chemotherapy are
required. Such intense treatments are not only painful and debilitating,
but cause added expenses for the patient who is already buried in
How is it that
physicians can misdiagnosis something as common as cancer? Often,
physicians fail to take a patient’s complaint seriously, and in turn do
not fully examine the patient.
The following are
other frequently reported types of negligence by doctors in misdiagnosed
Failing to identify an obvious lump during breast examination
Failing to order x-rays, CT scans or MRI’s
Failing to properly evaluate test results
Failing to recognize common symptoms of the applicable form of
Mistaking a tumor for an infection or diagnosing the tumor as
Failing to follow up on test results
Failing to order a biopsy
Failing to order future tests
Failing to follow up with the patient
Many cases of cancer
are preventable or can be completely treated -- "if" a proper and early
diagnosis is made. Delay in treatment will affect survival rates and
the quality of life that a patient experiences. There are certain types
of cancer that respond especially well to early treatment and diagnosis
in most cases.
Is there any way
to prevent the misdiagnosis of cancer or other diseases? Yes.
Always make sure you are clear with your physician about the symptoms
that you are feeling. Do not let him/her ignore your complaints without
giving you a reasonable response as to why you may be feeling the way
that you do. Also, make sure that you clearly understand what your
doctor is telling you. Ask questions! If tests are shown or explained
to you and you do not understand them, make the physician stop and
discuss them in further detail with you.
You may be experiencing
pain and suffering and severe financial hardships. You should not go
through this difficult time alone. You, the patient, should not be
paying for your doctor's mistakes or negligence. If you or a loved one
are living with the consequences of a doctor error or misdiagnosis, it is important to
contact experienced lawyers who can protect your rights and get you
the compensation to which you are entitled.
What should you do if
you feel that your physician has misdiagnosed your disease or that there
was some other doctor error? First, remember that it is your burden to
prove the doctor’s negligence. Do not delay - time is of the essence.
All states have statute of limitations that limit the time in which you
can file these types of claims. A delay may make it impossible to
collect the compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact us at
or (877) 425-3448. We may advise you to request a full copy of
your medical records as soon as possible. Our MedLaw Legal Team
physician / lawyer team will review your medical records and will
promptly let you know if you have a case.
The initial consultation is
free and we are dedicated to recovering
substantial damages for our clients who have suffered due to doctor
error and misdiagnosis.
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CANCER MISDIAGNOSIS NEWS
May 7, 2006, CBS News - Because The Doctor Isn't Always Right; While Not
Rampant, Misdiagnosis Happens More Often Than It Should