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When should you seek a second opinion?

Timely, correct diagnosis of cancer is important for developing an effective treatment plan. Sometimes, this means seeking out additional medical expertise beyond your current Massachusetts health care provider. Here are a few signs that it is time to consult another physician.

Referrals often result in new diagnosis

When you visit your provider in Massachusetts because of troubling symptoms, he or she may determine a treatment plan for you. However, many doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners decide to refer their patients to a specialist. At Donovan O’Connor & Dodig, LLP, our team has advised many clients who discovered that the first opinion was not the one that resulted in the correct level of care.

Study finds misdiagnosis of strokes common in young patients

A stroke is one condition that requires rapid medical attention, regardless of the severity of the symptoms, and Massachusetts patients trust their doctors to recognize the warning signs. However, recent evidence suggests that physicians may misdiagnose strokes in an alarming number of cases, particularly among younger patients, minorities and women.

Failure to Diagnose

Chest pain is perhaps the most recognizable symptom of a heart attack, but sometimes it is minimal or not present at all. A patient suffering from one of these silent attacks may disregard other symptoms or not notice them. All heart attacks, diagnosed or undiagnosed, pose a serious threat, so it is crucial that Massachusetts physicians be aware of the risk of silent heart attacks.

Is your diagnosis raising red flags?

You trust your Massachusetts doctor to provide the right diagnosis and the right treatment. Unfortunately, errors in diagnosis are common, and a missed diagnosis may mean that you do not get the treatment you need. Receiving unnecessary treatments after an incorrect diagnosis can be harmful, too. Here are a few steps to take if you have any doubts about the accuracy of your diagnosis.

The extreme risks of central nervous system malignancies

A diagnosis of malignant tumors in the brain or spinal cord is a terrible situation for Massachusetts residents and their families. When doctors miss the warning signs of brain and spinal tumors or opt to delay treatment, patients face worsening health, steep medical bills and disease spread. Furthermore, patients also may miss the window of opportunity for cutting-edge cancer therapies.

Cancer and the threat of a missed diagnosis

For Massachusetts residents, the diagnosis of cancer may be a worst-case scenario. When doctors make a mistake in diagnosis, however, the chances of successful treatment often decrease significantly. A doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer can have devastating effects on both the patient and his or her family.

When a cough isn’t a cough: Signs and symptoms of heart failure

Residents of North Adams, Massachusetts, rely on their doctors to provide them with the right diagnoses and treatments. However, when symptoms are low-level or do not seem all that troubling, a doctor may dismiss them as nothing to worry about. At first, the symptoms of heart failure might not seem like a big deal, but failure by a medical professional to diagnose heart problems leads to complications down the road. Here are a few signs that you should talk to your doctor about heart failure.

Massachusetts death brings attention to preeclampsia

Pregnancy should be a happy, healthy experience, and while there are risks, expectant parents trust that their physicians will be ready to intervene if needed. Mass Live reports that this was not the case for one Massachusetts family, who now allege that the death of their loved one resulted from hospital staff's failure to diagnose preeclampsia.

Signs, symptoms and preventability of strokes

Most Massachusetts residents either know someone who has had a stroke or know someone with a family member that has had a stroke. When not promptly identified or treated, a stroke can be extremely debilitating. However, the American Stroke Association asserts that as many as 80 percent of all strokes are preventable with proper medical monitoring and interventions.

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