Cancer Misdiagnosis

Get the Facts About Cancer Misdiagnosis

What Is Cancer Misdiagnosis?

While being diagnosed with cancer is a dreaded and anxiety producing event, learning that you or a loved one is in an advanced stage of cancer due to diagnostic error can be devastating. Most forms of cancer respond to treatment if they are detected in the early stages. Early detection can mean the difference between survival and death. Due to medical malpractice, cancer is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, costing cancer patients precious time and often leading to death or permanent injury.

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How and Why Cancer is Misdiagnosed

A suspicion of cancer may come up through a routine physical examination, due to results of cancer screening testing or other laboratory tests, or because of symptoms which you bring to your doctor’s attention. It is not your responsibility to know that your symptoms may indicate cancer. That is the duty of your doctor. Cancer can be overlooked or misdiagnosed in many ways including:

  • Failure to perform a thorough and complete physical examination
  • Failure to take a careful and detailed history
  • Failure to adequately follow up or communicate with the patient
  • Failure to recognize early warning signs and symptoms
  • Failure to recommend or offer cancer screening
  • Failure to recommend tests due to financial concerns
  • Improper performance or interpretation of radiological or laboratory testing
  • Failure to refer to appropriate specialists
  • Communication errors between doctors and medical facilities

Types of cancer

Some types of cancer are particularly responsive to early treatment, meaning that failing to diagnose them in the early stages makes an even greater difference. Cancers which are responsive to early treatment include:

Injuries Caused by the Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Modern medicine has made tremendous advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In most types of cancer, early detection is the key to survival, since over time cancer cells multiply and eventually spread or metastasize to different parts of the body. In addition to an increased likelihood of dying from the cancer itself, delayed cancer treatment often means more invasive and aggressive treatment, increasing the chance of death or severe damage as a side effect or complication. For that reason, medical care throughout the United States seeks to diagnose and treat cancer as early as possible. Types of harm caused by delayed damage of cancer can include:

  • Inoperable cancer
  • Premature death
  • Scaring and disfigurement
  • Severe physical pain
  • Treatment which is significantly more expensive
  • Treatment which is more invasive, aggressive, and painful
  • Significantly increased recovery time
  • Loss of limbs or organs
  • Long-term or permanent disability
  • Lost wages

What To Do After Cancer Misdiagnosis

No amount of money can make up for a person’s preventable or unnecessary death, or for the added anguish of knowing that premature death would probably have been avoided had medical providers acted properly. However, early death creates a financial hardship for families, and the responsible party should bear that cost. In addition, delayed treatment of cancer creates lost wages, additional health care costs, and in some cases permanent disability.

If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life due to what you suspect was a failure to diagnose cancer, or a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer, you may be entitled to compensation including:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term disability
  • Current and future loss of wages
  • Long-term care expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Burial expenses

Collectively, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyersMichael L. Weiss, Esq. and Robert E. Paarz, Esq. have presented over 75 medical malpractice cases relating to failure to diagnose cancer to juries and have helped those families achieve substantial financial recoveries. They are committed to using their experience and knowledge to help any family or individual who has suffered a severe, permanent injury or death due to medical malpractice to obtain fair compensation. If you believe you or a loved one may have experienced such an injury, please contact Weiss & Paarz, P.C., today.

*The firm handles cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For cases outside those states, Weiss & Paarz works with local attorneys in the state where the medical care took place, at no additional cost to the client.