Medical Malpractice Attorney for Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases
You Have Legal Options for a Missed or Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
Medical technology has made the timely and accurate diagnosis of many forms of cancer possible. Since there is no known cure, early detection is crucial for nearly all types of cancer cases. Often, speedy diagnosis and treatment can help delay the symptoms or even cause the cancer to go into remission. These treatments can add years or even decades to a person’s life. When medical negligence results in the failure to diagnose and treat cancer, patients are left to suffer when the disease may have been treatable.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to medical negligence or cancer misdiagnosis, the lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are here to stand up for your rights. In handling your case, a medical malpractice attorney from our law firm will consider why and how the cancer was not properly diagnosed, and what damages you have suffered because of the misdiagnosis. We work with medical experts who help determine the extent of the injuries caused by a missed or delayed diagnosis. Nothing can undo the harm caused by a misdiagnosis, but we can help you hold negligent hospitals or doctors accountable for their errors.
What are the Most Common Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis?
Most available cancer treatments are only effective in combating the early stages of cancer. If a doctor fails to notice or consider the initial symptoms, the cancer may progress beyond treatment. Some cancers develop quickly, meaning that a patient could only have a window of a few months before the condition is untreatable. When doctors fail to promptly diagnose cancer, patients can suffer needlessly. All too often, cancer misdiagnosis results in wrongful death.
The major causes of missed or delayed cancer diagnosis can include:
- Improper sampling of blood and tissue
- Incorrect reading of laboratory tests, and x-ray studies
- Failure to order proper testing
- Failure to diagnose and respond to symptoms of cancer
- Mistaking cancer for another benign condition
- Failure to recommend proper cancer screening tests in accordance with medical protocol
- Failure to properly conduct or negligently performing screening tests
The early detection and treatment of cancer greatly increases your chances of survival. With many common cancers — such as breast cancer, colon and colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer — early diagnosis is crucial to a good prognosis. Conversely, patients who are not properly diagnosed early may require more invasive and expensive treatments and have a lower chance of survival.
What Types of Cancer Are Most Commonly Misdiagnosed?
Medical negligence can potentially result in the misdiagnosis any kind of cancer. However, according to some studies, there are certain types of cancer that are misdiagnosed most frequently. These include:
- Lymphoma. This cancer affects the immune system and often spreads rapidly. Once any type of cancer metastasizes, it becomes nearly impossible to treat effectively.
- Breast cancer. Though this cancer is most common in women, it can also affect men. There are several different types of breast cancer, but most require early treatment to prevent growth. A late diagnosis can result in serious surgery and debilitating chemotherapy treatments.
- Sarcomas. Often mistaken for an abscess or benign lump, a sarcoma is a cancerous tumor that affects the bones and connective tissue. If not treated promptly, the affected bone or joint may require removal.
- Melanoma. When diagnosed early, skin cancers like melanoma are perhaps the least concerning form of cancer. However, given time to spread into the bloodstream or lymph nodes, melanoma can cause deadly cancer in other parts of the body.
- Unknown Primary Site Cancer. Diagnosis of this cancer occurs when doctors detect cancerous cells in the body, but cannot determine where they originated. Treating this cancer is generally very difficult since it may affect several organs or areas of the body.
- Colon cancer. The first stages of colon cancer rarely have symptoms, although it is treatable if caught early. Those over 50 should get regular screenings to reduce the risk of this cancer.
- Prostate cancer. Some types of prostate cancer develop slowly, and are therefore highly treatable. However, others are aggressive and spread quickly.
- Lung cancer. The primary cause of lung cancer is smoking or secondhand smoke. Treatment options include removal of the affected lung, as well as chemotherapy and radiation.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for a False Diagnosis of Cancer?
Most cases of cancer misdiagnosis occur when a doctor tells a cancer patient that he or she is healthy and does not need treatment. Sometimes, a doctor may incorrectly diagnose cancer as some other, less serious, disease. However, cancer misdiagnosis can also occur when a doctor mistakenly informs a healthy patient that he or she has cancer.
In this case, a patient may undergo unnecessary medical testing, disfiguring surgery, needless chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and more. This unnecessary treatment may cause serious injury, pain and suffering, and even wrongful death. Negligent medical professionals responsible for your cancer misdiagnosis may be accountable for your medical injury, medical bills and suffering.
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Our attorneys can help you seek compensation for many of the hardships you have faced due to cancer misdiagnosis. Possible damages could include past and future medical expenses, lost income, and compensation for your pain and suffering, diminished quality of life or reduced life span, disability, and more.
If you or a loved one has suffered due to the misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer, we are here to help. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable Philadelphia or Cherry Hill, New Jersey medical malpractice attorney. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis.