While many forms of cancer are treatable, the success of those treatments often depends on how early the cancer was discovered. When a doctor fails to diagnose cancer at an early stage, the patient’s prognosis may not be good.
At the Finney Law Office in St. Louis, Missouri, our attorneys have pursued compensation for medical malpractice victims since 1981. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with late-stage cancer, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. If your medical providers did not do everything they should have to diagnose your cancer at an earlier stage, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Medical Negligence And Misdiagnosis Of Cancer
In many cases, cancer symptoms are observable long before the cancer reaches a late or metastasized stage. In many cases, there are simple tests that a doctor can order to determine if the patient has cancer. Routine screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopy can also detect tumors at an early and treatable stage.
All forms of cancer are diagnosed eventually. Unfortunately, the later the diagnosis, the fewer the treatment options. There are many reasons why a late diagnosis can occur:
- The patient may have failed to see a doctor.
- A doctor may have failed to order appropriate tests.
- The lab may have made mistakes.
- There may have been a communication error between the lab and the doctor.
As long as you did everything you were supposed to do, your medical providers have a duty to follow the standard of care with respect to diagnosing and treating your cancer. The key questions are:
- Did your doctor have an opportunity to diagnose your cancer?
- Would an earlier diagnosis have made a difference in your prognosis?
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