Cancer Misdiagnoses: The Facts

by | Feb 29, 2016 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

If you’ve been
diagnosed incorrectly, you know how seriously your life has been affected. Maybe your diagnosis
was incorrect and you weren’t sick at all, but you still faced the
stress and anxiety of that potential illness. Or, maybe you were diagnosed
incorrectly, allowing cancer to spread to stages that are hard or impossible to treat.

There are around 1.3 million people who receive a diagnosis for cancer
every year. Some of these diagnoses are wrong. That doesn’t necessarily
mean the person doesn’t have cancer, but in some situations, the
cancer is misdiagnosed as the wrong kind or doesn’t exist at all.

Diagnoses are given by a pathologist in most cases, and the patient isn’t
actually seen in most cases. Instead, that pathologist is just looking
at tissue samples in a lab. Researching samples from 6,000 cancer patients,
it was discovered that around one in 71 was incorrectly diagnosed.

Misjudging a kind of cancer or how far it has spread can be devastating
for a patient. Assuming it’s there when it isn’t can lead
to surgeries and treatments that aren’t necessary; not treating
enough in a patient who is more advanced can lead to the cancer spreading
to terminal levels.

Sometimes, cells can mimic cancer, but they’re relatively harmless.
That’s why second opinions, and third and fourths, are often recommended.
Expert pathologists are the go-to in many difficult cases. Our website
has more about what to do if you’ve been affected by a misdiagnosis.
You don’t have to face this alone; you have a right to compensation
for your suffering.


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