When doctors or other health care providers miss telltale signs of cancer, the consequences can be tragic and deadly. Unfortunately, misdiagnoses are being discovered with increasing frequency in the United States. It is estimated that nearly 12 percent of all cancer diagnoses nationwide are incorrect, according to one medical journal.
Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, represents New York families who have been damaged by cancer misdiagnoses and medical errors. Our Binghamton medical malpractice attorney provides quality legal services while treating each client with care and respect. We will work together to decide whether it is better to fight a case in court or pursue a settlement in order to obtain the financial recovery that you deserve.
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About Cancer Misdiagnosis and Delayed Cancer Diagnosis
The American Cancer Society estimates that half of all men and one third of all women in the United States will develop cancer at some point during their lifetimes. It was the second leading cause of death in the United States in 2009, coming in just behind heart disease.
Early detection is crucial when it comes to winning the battle against cancer. Studies show that survival rates dramatically increase among patients who receive treatment for cancer in its early stages. In fact, many cancers respond very well to early treatment, including breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer and kidney cancer.
The long-term effects of cancer misdiagnosis can be more extensive than many realize. Cancer can spread throughout the body (or metastasize) quickly without proper tests and treatment, and this can create other medical complications for the sufferer beyond the cancer itself. It can also mean that misdiagnosed patients will need more drastic, painful and expensive treatments than they would have with proper detection.
While doctors’ improper diagnoses are seldom intentional, their lack of intent provides little comfort to those who must deal with the repercussions of the error. A delayed cancer diagnosis has the potential to severely inhibit the victims’ ability to remain working throughout the duration of treatment, which can add to the already difficult burdens that they are shouldering each day.
Cancer misdiagnosis can most frequently be attributed to:
- Identification of a cancerous (or malignant) tumor as non-cancerous (or benign);
- Misidentifying the type of cancer;
- Inaccurately grading the stage or aggressiveness of a malignant growth;
- Missing a cancerous lesion in the biopsy procedure;
- Failing to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing;
- Incorrectly conducting, reading or interpreting tests, scans and specimens;
- Not following up with a patient if cancer should have been suspected;
- Failure to identify and screen patients who are “high-risk” due to factors such as age, ethnicity, family or personal history and gender;
- Disregarding a patient’s symptoms or complaints;
- Not recognizing underlying conditions or complications.
Have You Been Misdiagnosed? Contact Us Now
If you feel that you or a loved one has suffered because of a cancer misdiagnosis in New York, turn to Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney. Our Binghamton medical malpractice lawyer has access to the best medical and economic experts to help prepare your cancer misdiagnosis case.
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