As we have discussed previously on this blog, cancer misdiagnosis devastates the lives of victims and their families. In some cases, women undergo unnecessary breast removal surgery, because they were mistakenly diagnosed with cancer, and in other situations, patients lose valuable treatment time because a doctor failed to diagnose cancer. Either way, the lives of victims and their families will never be the same. Therefore, it is crucial that patients understand when it is time to get a second opinion on a cancer diagnosis.
Signs You Should Seek a Second Opinion on a Cancer Diagnosis
WebMD includes a list of signs that you should seek a second opinion on a cancer diagnosis:
- If you are diagnosed with a rare form of cancer – Generally, there are several qualified doctors who can correctly diagnose common forms of cancer.
- If your doctor tells you that there is no life-saving treatment available – Before you give up, you need to explore all your options, because new treatments are being developed every year. Plus, if it turns out you were mistakenly diagnosed, you may not have cancer or you may have a very treatable form of cancer.
- If your doctor is inexperienced at treating cancer – Ask your physician if he or she has much experience treating cancer or a particular form of cancer. If your doctor is inexperienced, seek the opinion of a more seasoned oncologist before deciding what to do next.
- If you do not agree with the diagnosis for any reason – This is your life. If you have any doubts, you owe it to yourself to leave no stone unturned.
How to Fight Back Against Cancer Misdiagnosis
In this video, medical malpractice attorney Nancy Winkler discusses how cancer misdiagnosis can devastate families and what victims can do to fight back.