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Reasons for cancer misdiagnoses

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

Finding out one has cancer can be overwhelming for a New York resident. People often begin to make arrangements for their future and that of their loved ones. Additionally, doctors often prescribe a course of treatment that may be harsh and have severe side effects. While the cancer diagnosis can be devastating, it can be even more distressing to find out one’s doctor has misdiagnosed their condition.

Why is cancer misdiagnosis common?

Given that there are so many different types of cancers, it is often difficult for doctors to spot it. This is because some forms of it are rare and less has been invested in researching diagnosis and treatment plans. Due to this, mistakes in diagnosis and treatments are more likely. In other instances, it can be difficult to find the cancer cells or to figure out if cells are cancerous or not. As a result, cancer can be seen where it doesn’t exist or not found where it is. Lastly, cancer can seem like an infection in some situations, such as in x-rays.

Effects of cancer misdiagnosis

Whether someone has been incorrectly diagnosed or diagnosed late, the effects on their health can be immense. Organs can be removed, treatment begun or incorrect treatment prescribed, creating other health issues that can wreak havoc on someone’s life. These unnecessary medical treatments can also cause a significant financial strain.

Misdiagnosis can be devastating for individuals who receive it and cause emotional and financial hardship. Those who receive it may not be aware that they have legal remedies available in the form of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors and medical professionals can be held accountable for neglecting to fulfill their medical responsibility.