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Given the progressive nature of most cancers, early detection and diagnosis of cancer can significantly alter the long term impact of the disease and quality of life for the patient.
Cancer misdiagnosis can be attributed to:
- A cancerous (malignant) tumor is identified as Non-cancerous (benign)
- A cancerous lesion is missed in the biopsy procedure
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialists for further testing
- Misclassification as to type or mis-graded as to aggressiveness
- Specimens are mishandled or improperly read or interpreted
- Failure to follow up with patient if cancer should have been suspected
- Failure to adequately screen an increased risk patient
- Failure to understand or notice the nature of a patient’s complaints
Medical errors and misdiagnoses can cause a devastating and traumatic experience. Patients who are misdiagnosed are often subject to unnecessary, harmful, and painful treatments. When it comes to a serious misdiagnosis such as cancer, it is important to confirm the misdiagnosis by methods such as seeking second opinions and consulting specialists.
If you believe you are the victim of a medical error or misdiagnosis, you need an attorney immediately. The legal professionals at Latona Law, P.C., will fully evaluate your case, and our consultation is free.