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Philadelphia Failure to Diagnose Cancer Lawyer

If a doctor fails to diagnose cancer in a patient, that patient is put at serious risk due to delayed treatment. When it comes to cancer, the sooner it is identified and treated, the better the patient’s outcome. Some cancers metastasis at extraordinary rates, and one or two months can mean all the difference between a patient surviving or succumbing to cancer. If you or a loved one were harmed due to a doctor’s error, a Philadelphia failure to diagnose cancer lawyer can help you file a medical malpractice claim to recover your damages. Here at The Villari Firm, PLLC, we will thoroughly investigate your medical records and all of the elements of your case to determine how the mistakes were made that caused your delayed diagnosis and cancer treatment.

Failure to Diagnose Cancer Happens More Often Than You Might Expect

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is, by no means, a death sentence. A prudent and correct cancer diagnosis can not only save a life, but it can reduce the need for more invasive and intense treatment, such as radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. There are forms of cancer that can now be treated by simply taking a pill every day. But if a doctor fails to diagnose a patient in time, or simply fails to diagnose a patient at all and the correct diagnosis is made by another healthcare provider, this delay in treatment can allow the cancer to metastasis, or grow, and spread to other organs and other parts of the body. And once a cancer enters the bloodstream, it is much more difficult to treat.

When a Primary Care Doctor Can be Held Responsible

According to a recent study, a few of the top reasons cancer goes undiagnosed in patients until it is too late to treat, or very difficult to treat, include the following:

  • The primary care physician fails to recognise cancer symptoms
  • The primary care physician refers to the wrong specialist
  • Patients with cancer symptoms are not seen in time by their secondary care physician (the primary care doctor did not identify the urgency of the patient’s condition).

In these circumstances, the primary care doctor may be held at fault.

When an Oncologist is at Fault

An oncologist is responsible for diagnosing and treating various forms of cancer. Like all physicians, they have to meet a high standard of care when identifying cancer and making a diagnosis. Examples of negligence include:

  • Failure to order diagnostic testing
  • Failure to order the right type of testing
  • Failure to interpret test results
  • Failure to read test results
  • Mixing up a patient’s chart or test results with another patient’s
  • Diagnosing the wrong type of cancer
  • False negative

Contact a Philadelphia Failure to Diagnose Cancer Lawyer Today

Here at The Villari Firm, our Philadelphia failure to diagnose cancer lawyers have the experience, medical knowledge, and resources to prove negligence on behalf of your healthcare provider if they did, indeed, fail to diagnose your cancer. To get started today, call us at 215-372-8889 for a free consultation.

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