Is Failure to Diagnose Cancer Considered Medical Malpractice?

Failure to diagnose cancer is not just a mistake—the consequences to the patient can be fatal. In this video, Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Nancy Winkler explains how her law firm has seen clients lose crucial time for treatment options due to a delay in diagnosing cancer, including but not limited to breast cancer. When a doctor or hospital fails to order the proper testing for patients, those individual’s lives are at stake.

Video Transcription:

A lot of what we see is not necessarily a failure to diagnose cancer, we do see that, but we also see a delay in diagnosing cancer. Over the years I’ve represented many women, unfortunately who have suffered from breast cancer and even in the face of having a palpable mass, that there was a late diagnosis in their breast cancer when the doctors didn’t have a biopsy done, didn’t have a mammogram ordered, didn’t do the proper testing, and years passed and then at that point it was far advanced. You want to be able to make sure that in any cancer case, that you get treatment and you get an evaluation as soon as possible. Because as we all know, the earlier you diagnose, the better the cure. For more information about myself and our law firm, please go to