In a shocking new study, researchers discovered more than 20 percent of all cancer patients in Massachusetts and around the country are misdiagnosed and don’t have the disease at all. What is worse is that these incorrectly diagnosed patients will likely receive harsh treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy that can be devastating to their health.
How can cancer be misdiagnosed?
Some symptoms may point to a cancer diagnosis without being cancer at all. Some lung cancers present symptoms that are similar to other diseases that are not cancer. In other cases, cancers can be rare and more difficult to confirm. Many doctors do not do their due diligence when diagnosing cancer and risk a medical malpractice claim.
Steps to take if you are diagnosed with cancer
The first thing you should consider doing after a cancer diagnosis is to get a second and even third opinion. When you receive other opinions, it would be a good idea to allow the doctors to come to their own conclusions. Only offer information if you believe it will be helpful in reaching a diagnosis. Do not provide information that would sway a physician’s opinion.
In order to be sure you are accurately diagnosed during an additional opinion, you should keep a copy of all your medical records from your first diagnosis including test results. This information will help another physician understand why you were diagnosed with cancer in the first place and will also help the doctor to come to a more accurate diagnosis. Most physicians would request this information to prevent a medical malpractice claim.
Seeking the advice of a medical malpractice attorney could also be important in protecting the rights of you and your family. They could help you to receive restitution for missed work, medical bills and pain and suffering due to the error that was made.