Early detection of cancer is essential to successful treatment, higher survival rates and decreased costs of medical bills for cancer patients. Failing to order appropriate tests that could reveal cancer in its early stages is a medical problem.
If cancer is diagnosed after the disease has advanced to a more serious stage, more drastic forms of treatment, such as higher doses of radiation and chemotherapy, are required. These treatments may have been unnecessary if the disease was detected earlier. They are both painful and at times debilitating.
What Is Medical Misdiagnosis of Cancer?
In cancer cases, physicians often fail to take patient complaints seriously. As a result, they are negligent for:
- Failing to identify an obvious lump during an examination
- Failing to order proper tests including X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or a biopsy
- Failing to properly evaluate test results that have been performed
- Failing to follow-up with a patient
Meet Our Medical Misdiagnosis Lawyers
Both Richard D. Shure and Jon N. Portner had cancer strike close to home. In one case involving Mr. Shure's family member who died as a result of the negligence, there was a claim made for late diagnosis. Suit was filed and the doctor settled for over a million dollars.
It is important to know that many cases of cancer are curable, or can be put into remission if treated early. The following types of cancer are known to respond well to early treatment:
If you believe your physician misdiagnosed your cancer, you cannot delay in acting. All states, including medical malpractice, have a statute of limitations that limit the time in which you have to file these claims. Call today for a free consultation in Maryland ((410) 995-1515 or (301) 854-9000), Virginia ((703) 734-8790) or Washington, D.C. ((202) 554-1449)