The effective and successful treatment of cancer depends on an accurate and timely diagnosis. For many, it can make all the difference between a successful recovery and a painful death. It is widely accepted that a cancer patient’s survival odds are directly tied to the stage of the disease’s progress. A failure or delay in a cancer diagnosis could result in a number of avoidable outcomes – including preventing a patient from receiving life-saving treatment or being subjected to unnecessary, more aggressive treatment than otherwise would have been needed.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious harm because of a cancer misdiagnosis, you may have grounds for a medical lawsuit. Call Burg Simpson in Wyoming at 307-527-7891 to speak with a negligence attorney. You can also fill out our Free Case Evaluation form here.
The numbers may vary, but roughly 5 percent of patients who visit their doctor with a medical problem leave the office with a missed, delayed, or flat-out wrong diagnosis. Sadly, when that failed diagnosis turns out to be cancer – as is the case in about 10 percent of errors – the results can be deadly. The cancers misdiagnosed most often include:
- Breast cancer – One study suggests that as many as 90,000 women today are living with an inaccurate breast cancer diagnosis. Failure to timely diagnose breast cancer can subject the patient to a lengthy, painful course of treatment that can result in the loss of one or both breasts, reconstructive surgery or even death.
- Colon cancer – Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. And it can easily be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or diverticulitis, for example, because early symptoms are so vague if they appear at all. When the earliest symptoms – such as rectal bleeding – are overlooked, the prognosis for patients can be terminal.
- Prostate cancer – Frighteningly, some experts estimate that up to half of all prostate cancers are misdiagnosed, often as bladder cancer. Prostate cancer can be deadly if early symptoms are ignored and necessary screenings are neglected.
- Esophageal cancer – Esophageal cancer causes unique symptoms, including difficulty swallowing, weight loss, and a chronic cough. But even veteran medical professionals confuse it with heartburn or acid reflux. Doctors who ignore these symptoms and fail to test for esophageal cancer increase their patients’ risk of serious injury or even death. Especially since esophageal cancer has such a slim survival rate in its advanced stages.
Burg Simpson can help you if you have lost a loved one because of a missed cancer diagnosis. Get in touch with one of our experienced medical negligence lawyers by calling our Cody, Wyoming, office at 307-527-7891.
The effects of a failed or delayed cancer diagnosis can be devastating and can include serious injury, pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and even death. When medical professionals fail to meet an applicable standard of care, then a claim for medical malpractice may be possible.
There are a number of reasons that can explain a medical professional’s misdiagnosis of cancer, such as:
- Failing to perform appropriate tests
- Misinterpreting tests results
- Compounding the mistakes of laboratory technicians
- Misunderstanding the patient’s symptoms
- Failing to properly evaluate a patient’s medical history
Our team of experienced medical negligence attorneys and paralegals in Wyoming are able to efficiently and thoroughly evaluate your case. Call us today at 307-527-7891 so we can determine if you have grounds for a valid malpractice suit.
Burg Simpson Can Help With Your Malpractice Suit
We have handled thousands of high-profile medical malpractice claims over the last 40 years. Our team of compassionate medical malpractice lawyers offers a free, no-obligation initial consultation of your case. Complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or contact a legal malpractice lawyer now by calling 307-527-7891.