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Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer

Cancer kills more than 7.6 million people worldwide each year, and timely discovery is crucial in order for the patient to seek appropriate treatment. Should a physician or hospital fail to act in a reasonable manner in screening for cancer, patients can be put at significant risk.

Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer actually occurs more frequently than we would think. Doctors may make a misdiagnosis because they are only familiar with the more common diseases or because doctors, like all professionals, have differing skill levels.

Doctors can  suffer from personal biases in that they may misdiagnose a specific disease in favor of one they see frequently and therefore is more familiar to them. Some doctors will skip necessary tests in an effort to save their patients money or can misdiagnose cancer — or any other disease — simply from lack of time spent with the patient during an office visit. Laboratories can also be responsible for misdiagnosis of cancer; tests could be contaminated or mixed up or the test may have been done improperly. Many cancer tests require a visual inspection, meaning human error is always a possibility.

Bad news too late

A delayed diagnosis can be just as deadly as a misdiagnosis of cancer. Most of us are aware when something seems “not quite right” with our health. We then trust those instincts and turn to a qualified medical professional for assistance. However, if our doctor says nothing is wrong, we generally feel confident that we have taken all the proper precautions and believe our physician’s assertion of health. Months or even years later, those symptoms could re-emerge with a vengeance, and precious treatment time has been lost.

If you physician has  summarily dismissed or downplayed your concerns or has failed to run the necessary tests, your physician must be held accountable for his or her failure to meet the basic professional standards of care. This could be from arrogance, negligence or incompetence, but for whatever reason, you need an advocate in your corner who will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. You should call the attorneys at Shim & Chang.

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