Late & Misdiagnosis of Cancer
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with late-stage cancer? The tragic truth is that in many cases your cancer could have or should have been detected earlier. You may even have told your doctor about worrying symptoms, but were ignored. As a result, the cancer changed from easily treatable, localized cancer to a more dangerous metastasized cancer. Treatment may now be brutal or impossible.
If you or a loved one is facing a difficult or terminal cancer as a result of medical malpractice through doctor error, you deserve compensation. The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates stand ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call or email us today for a free initial consultation.
The Importance of Early Diagnosis
When it is localized, cancer is more easily treatable and people tend to have higher survival rates, but if cancer is diagnosed later, it is more likely to have metastasized (spread), making treatment more difficult. Follow-up x-rays may be replaced with aggressive radiation therapy, vitamin supplements replaced with draining chemotherapy, which means missed work, more bills, and a lower quality of life for the duration of treatment and long after.
And your prognosis may be dire. If breast cancer is detected while the cancer is localized, the five-year survival rate is 98%, but if detected late, the survival rate is only 23%. For early detection colorectal cancer, the survival rate is 91%, but for late-stage cancer, the survival rate drops to 11%.
Because the importance of detecting cancer early is well-known, there are established methods for cancer screening. For example, women are encouraged to undergo pap smears every two or three years, depending on age and other factors, to detect the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer. Women over age 50 should begin getting mammograms every two years, unless they have a family history of early breast cancer. Men and women should undergo regular screening for colon cancer, such as flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, or CT colonography (also called virtual colonoscopy). Unfortunately, though, cancer still goes undiagnosed, sometimes due to doctor or other healthcare provider error, including:
- Failure to administer appropriate test
- Improper test procedure
- Lab mistakes
- Misreading test results
- Not acting on test results
- Not reporting test results
If a doctor does not perform a recommended test, or if he ignores a suspicious test result rather than referring you to a specialist or giving additional tests to confirm the presence or absence of cancer, he may have committed a medical error that gives you adequate grounds for a medical negligence case.
Doctors Ignoring Patients
Sometimes, too, you know something is wrong. You report troubling symptoms, like a painful cough that won’t go away, dramatic changes in bowel or bladder habits, a breast lump, even rectal bleeding, but your doctor dismisses or ignores them. Your doctor may not perform appropriate tests to follow up on the possibility of cancer. Your doctor may not call you back with test results, may not be able to find time to fit you in for another appointment, may even stop answering your calls or making appointments. If your doctor’s neglect has led to delayed diagnosis of cancer, you may have a case.
Why Choose Harvey L. Walner & Associates
The medical malpractice lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. have extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases of all types, including late diagnosis of cancer. When we handle your case, we offer a personal touch. Unlike your doctor, we keep you constantly informed of the progress of your case. We are never out of touch, always checking our messages and responding to your concerns. And our representation doesn’t end with a check. Once you get your settlement or verdict, we can help you make the most of that money, with a financial advisor, annuities, or trusts for minors that can help ensure your family is taken care of, even if you can’t be there to take care of them.
Your initial call to Harvey L. Walner & Associates is always FREE, and we work on a contingency basis. You pay no fees unless we win your case. Please call or email us today for a free initial consultation.
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