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Philadelphia Delayed Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers

Philadelphia cancer misdiagnosis lawyers are here to help you

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. We currently recognize more than 200 types of cancer, some very rare and some relatively common. Cancers you’ve likely heard of include lung cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, mesothelioma, liver cancer, skin cancer and lymphoma.

Nearly half of all men and one-third of women will have cancer in their lifetime. Cancer does not discriminate when it comes to age, sex or race; however, most cancers can be found in those 55 or older.

Doctors do not know what causes cancer in most cases but there are certain “risk factors” that can increase your chance of getting cancer such as whether or not you drink alcohol or smoke, your age, diet, exposure to the sun and family history.

Some of The Signs to Help Determine a Cancer Diagnosis Can Include:

  • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • A change in bowel or bladder habits
  • Unusual bleeding
  • A lump found on the breasts, testicles or elsewhere
  • Loss of weight
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • A change in size, color or shape of a mouth sore, wart or mole
  • Chronic cough or hoarseness
  • Headaches

Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer Can Create Serious Problems

A delay in diagnosis of cancer can have disastrous consequences such as tumor growth and the spread of cancerous cells to surrounding tissues, lymph nodes or other parts of the body. Once a tumor grows or cancer metastasizes, the odds of successful treatment are reduced.

Why Doctors Sometimes Misdiagnose Cancer

Although cancer technologies and treatments have improved significantly over the past few decades, with more cancers being found in early stages, misdiagnosis of cancer is still a troubling problem that can have deadly consequences. Misdiagnosis occurs for a number of reasons, including:

  • Symptoms are thought to be the result of another disease: Some of the symptoms of cancer such as fatigue, headaches and weight loss could mistakenly be seen as resulting from a number of other more common and less dangerous illnesses. If the doctor failed to perform further and more in-depth testing or brushed off the symptoms as inconsequential, he or she could be sued for medical malpractice.
  • Age and sex: Doctors can become accustomed to seeing a specific type of cancer in a certain age or sex only and miss the presence of cancer when it is outside the most common demographic.
  • Busy schedule: A doctor that is rushing from one patient to another can be less attentive and allow a serious condition such as cancer to be missed due to inadequate investigation into the patient’s symptoms.
  • Inexperience: Some doctors may have experience in diagnosing or treating one type of cancer, but not in other or types of cancer that are more rare. This can result in the doctor missing a cancer diagnosis in the patient and thus failing to provide the accepted standard of care.

If you believe you are the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, speak with a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney from our firm as soon as possible.

The Health Consequences of a Failure to Diagnose or Treat Cancer

No matter what type of cancer is involved, timely and correct diagnosis is crucial to a patient’s survival. A delay or misdiagnosis can give the cancer time to metastasize, greatly decreasing the hopes of successful treatment, and thus the survival of the patient. In addition, it can create a situation where an individual with cancer undergoes treatment for a condition that he or she doesn’t have, giving the cancer time to spread. Lastly, the person may not have cancer in the first place, leading to dangerous chemo treatments, surgery, and radiation that were all unnecessary.

Cancer Misdiagnoses, Do They Cause Harm?

In cases involving delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis, we must determine whether the patient’s outcome would have been different if the diagnosis had been made earlier. To be compensable, the delay in diagnosis must have caused significant harm to the patient. In evaluating your case, we will determine whether the physician’s negligence had a negative effect on the prognosis.

Failure to diagnose cancer is often caused by failing to obtain the appropriate tests or, if the proper tests are obtained, mistakes in the interpretation of the tests. While the fault often lies with the physician, it is also possible that pathologists, radiologists and lab technicians may be liable.

Why You Need A Philadelphia Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer

The Colleran Firm has been aggressively fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims for decades. The firm has five experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys that collaborate upon carefully prepared cases. One testament to that is a recent $5,000,000 case settlement awarded to a client whose breast cancer was not diagnosed in a timely manner. If you feel you may be the victim of cancer misdiagnosis, this is not a trivial concern. Let us fight for you during this difficult time. Call our firm today.

The attorneys at The Colleran Firm handle serious injury cases caused by health care provider negligence and medical malpractice in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

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