One of the most frequent types of cases observed in medical malpractice is the failure to diagnose cancer. Cancer is a set of the collection of over 100 various diseases and happens when cells become irregular and keep dividing and forming more cells without having any control. If the cells continue to divide when new cells are not needed, it is formed of a mass of excess tissue and this is called a tumor.
Some cancers have warning signs such as unusual bleeding or discharge, change in bowel habits/bladder, thickening or lump in the body, digestion problems/trouble swallowing, or a cough nagging/hoarseness. Click here to get more information regarding cancer and studies of different attorneys.
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A biopsy is one of the only reliable methods to determine if cancer is present. During a biopsy, a doctor removes some tissue and examines it under a microscope to see if there are cancer cells present. Cancer can be treated with surgery, hormone therapy, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy.
There are screening tests used for early detection of certain cancers. Pap smears and annual mammograms are doctor's tools that are used to detect cervical cancer and breast cancer. Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy are used to detect the rectum and colon cancer.
Cancers can be missed during these early detection tests are not administered properly or when they are simply not ordered. Some of the tests, in particular mammograms, can be misconstrued and misinterpreted by a radiologist, leading to the spread of cancer.
As cancer diagnosis capacity continues to improve and the failure of a doctor to diagnose cancer becomes more difficult to understand and accept. It is directly related to how early the cancer is diagnosed along with the chances of survival of a patient.