Cancer Misdiagnosis/Delayed Diagnosis
Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
The misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer can have devastating consequences, often leading to unnecessary suffering and premature death. Today’s advanced medical imaging and diagnostic tools allow physicians to detect cancer in the early stages, when most types of cancer respond well to treatment.
However, physicians sometimes make mistakes that can result in delayed treatment or wrong treatment. When cancer is the issue, there is no time for delay. If a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis occurs due to the negligent actions of a physician or other healthcare professional, a medical malpractice claim can be made. Orlando medical malpractice lawyer Stephen J. Knox has helped many Central Florida residents receive the compensation they deserve when they have suffered unnecessarily due to misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis of cancer. Many of these cases involve breast cancer, lung cancer, or lymphoma.
Common Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
The following are some of the most common reasons a physician may make an error in diagnosing your cancer:
- Proper screening protocol is not followed
- Physician does not order proper tests to rule out certain types of cancer
- Risk factors are not considered
- Medical imaging errors including misinterpretation or communication failure
- Cancer is ruled out as an option because patient does not fall into a high-risk category for the specific type of cancer
- Physician lacks awareness of a specific type of cancer
- Physician fails to refer patient to specialist
- Physician rules out cancer due to the rarity of the specific type of cancer
- Physician misreads Pap smear or fails to communicate the results of a Pap smear exam
It is estimated that approximately 12 percent of cancers are initially misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosis can sometimes result in delayed treatment, but it can also lead to unnecessary treatment. There have been several cases of patients going through chemotherapy, radiation, or other types of treatment only to find out later on that they do not have cancer at all. Such treatments are not only expensive, but very dangerous.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and believe you may have a cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis claim, please contact our Orlando medical malpractice office today to arrange your free case evaluation with Mr. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.