Being diagnosed with cancer is not something that can be taken lightly. People often see it as a death sentence, even though there are treatments that can help cure this disease, or at the very least, stop it from further progressing. In order for a patient to have the best possible chances at survival and recovery, early detection and diagnosis is needed.

What people may not know is that cancer misdiagnosis as a very common occurrence. Since cancer is a progressive disease, not detecting it in its early stages makes it more difficult to treat. Early detection can result in a better prognosis and delays in the diagnosis of cancer can be considered medical malpractice.

Why Delays in Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Cancer Happens

It has been seen that out of 6,000 tissue samples that were taken from cancer patients all over the country, there is a 1 in 71 chance of misdiagnosis. The misdiagnosis ranged from cancerous cells being marked as non-cancerous and vice-versa. It has also been noted by physicians that misdiagnosis can happen as low as 10% of the time, while others say that this can go as high as 28%.

Delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer can happen for many different reasons. Some are due to the fact that the person is not exhibiting symptoms of cancer and the doctor had no reason to suspect cancer. Other times it is because of errors made by the doctor in interpreting pathology specimens.

There are also times when these cancers are not diagnosed properly and errors are made while pathology specimens are being interpreted because of poor slide preparation and limited specimens available for sampling. Lack of clinical information, mistakes in the cutting and staining of specimens, and lack of expertise by the person performing the test are also to be blamed for misdiagnosis.

Some of the most common cancers that are frequently misdiagnosed include:

  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Central nervous system
  • Lung
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Sarcoma

The most misdiagnosed cancer in this list is Lymphoma, with Breast Cancer following close behind. Lack of new and improved pathology tools are also cited as some of the reasons behind misdiagnosis and missed cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Malpractice is More Than Just Misdiagnosis

While failure to diagnose cancer, or delays in diagnosis, is the most prevalent reason for cancer malpractice claims, there are other reasons that people cite for such a claim. An example is when a doctor gives the patient the wrong treatment options when there are other treatment choices that would best fit their case. Another would be when a patient’s treatments go horribly wrong due to carelessness or negligence.

Also part of the list of reasons why a person claims cancer malpractice is when they are diagnosed with cancer and starts treatments, only to find that they are actually cancer-free. This can cause not only physical harm to the patient but also mental and emotional anguish along with the added expense of needing to undergo such an ordeal.

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Cancer Malpractice  

If you were misdiagnosed with cancer or there was a delay in your cancer diagnosis, you might be eligible for compensation. Finding out that you have cancer in its late stages, and knowing that your doctor could have told you while the illness was in its earlier stages, can be a huge blow not only to you but to your family as well. Since early diagnosis can help improve your chances of survival, not being told about the illness early-on is negligence on the part of your doctor.

Being diagnosed with cancer even when you do not have this disease is also devastating to the patient as well as the family. When your doctor does this without thoroughly reviewing all test results and failing to repeat any tests that looked dubious, they can also be held liable for cancer malpractice.

If you experienced any of the abovementioned circumstances, you might be owed money. To find out for certain, answer our questionnaire and in a few minutes you will be able to determine if you have a legitimate claim for cancer malpractice compensation.

Don’t take too long to decide on your claim. All claims for medical malpractice come with a statute of limitations (SOL) which may run out before you are able to file your claim. Answer these questions today and get the information you need to make an informed decision on your cancer malpractice claim before your SOL runs out.    

Being diagnosed with cancer is not something that can be taken lightly. People often see it as a death sentence, even though there are treatments that can help cure this disease, or at the very least, stop it from further progressing. In order for a patient to have the best possible chances at survival and recovery, early detection and diagnosis is needed.

What people may not know is that cancer misdiagnosis as a very common occurrence. Since cancer is a progressive disease, not detecting it in its early stages makes it more difficult to treat. Early detection can result in a better prognosis and delays in the diagnosis of cancer can be considered medical malpractice.

Why Delays in Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Cancer Happens

It has been seen that out of 6,000 tissue samples that were taken from cancer patients all over the country, there is a 1 in 71 chance of misdiagnosis. The misdiagnosis ranged from cancerous cells being marked as non-cancerous and vice-versa. It has also been noted by physicians that misdiagnosis can happen as low as 10% of the time, while others say that this can go as high as 28%.

Delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cancer can happen for many different reasons. Some are due to the fact that the person is not exhibiting symptoms of cancer and the doctor had no reason to suspect cancer. Other times it is because of errors made by the doctor in interpreting pathology specimens.

There are also times when these cancers are not diagnosed properly and errors are made while pathology specimens are being interpreted because of poor slide preparation and limited specimens available for sampling. Lack of clinical information, mistakes in the cutting and staining of specimens, and lack of expertise by the person performing the test are also to be blamed for misdiagnosis.

Some of the most common cancers that are frequently misdiagnosed include:

  • Brain
  • Breast
  • Central nervous system
  • Lung
  • Lymphoma
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian
  • Pancreatic
  • Prostate
  • Sarcoma

The most misdiagnosed cancer in this list is Lymphoma, with Breast Cancer following close behind. Lack of new and improved pathology tools are also cited as some of the reasons behind misdiagnosis and missed cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Malpractice is More Than Just Misdiagnosis

While failure to diagnose cancer, or delays in diagnosis, is the most prevalent reason for cancer malpractice claims, there are other reasons that people cite for such a claim. An example is when a doctor gives the patient the wrong treatment options when there are other treatment choices that would best fit their case. Another would be when a patient’s treatments go horribly wrong due to carelessness or negligence.

Also part of the list of reasons why a person claims cancer malpractice is when they are diagnosed with cancer and starts treatments, only to find that they are actually cancer-free. This can cause not only physical harm to the patient but also mental and emotional anguish along with the added expense of needing to undergo such an ordeal.

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Cancer Malpractice  

If you were misdiagnosed with cancer or there was a delay in your cancer diagnosis, you might be eligible for compensation. Finding out that you have cancer in its late stages, and knowing that your doctor could have told you while the illness was in its earlier stages, can be a huge blow not only to you but to your family as well. Since early diagnosis can help improve your chances of survival, not being told about the illness early-on is negligence on the part of your doctor.

Being diagnosed with cancer even when you do not have this disease is also devastating to the patient as well as the family. When your doctor does this without thoroughly reviewing all test results and failing to repeat any tests that looked dubious, they can also be held liable for cancer malpractice.

If you experienced any of the abovementioned circumstances, you might be owed money. To find out for certain, answer our questionnaire and in a few minutes you will be able to determine if you have a legitimate claim for cancer malpractice compensation.

Don’t take too long to decide on your claim. All claims for medical malpractice come with a statute of limitations (SOL) which may run out before you are able to file your claim. Answer these questions today and get the information you need to make an informed decision on your cancer malpractice claim before your SOL runs out.    

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