We have often discussed cases involving patients who have suffered because doctors don’t make an accurate diagnosis. What some people might not realize is that there are some cases in which an accurate and prompt diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death. One such instance is when a patient has cancer.
We understand that being diagnosed with cancer is something that is a horrible experience for any patient; however, being diagnosed with cancer after it has advanced considerably is even worse. When that delay comes because a doctor didn’t recognize the symptoms of the cancer, it is often even more difficult.
As many of our readers know, the odds of surviving cancer depend on a variety of factors. One of those factors is how early the cancer is diagnosed. Cancer that is left untreated can spread quickly. The more the cancer spreads, the more difficult it is to successfully treat. That means that even a small delay can have serious consequences on your health.
The effects of the delayed treatment don’t stop with only your health. As you probably realize, more advanced cancer requires longer treatments or stronger treatments if there is any hope to eradicate the cancer. That means that you might have to miss more work and pay more in medical bills.
We know that the financial aspects of cancer are horrible. We also understand that if your doctor didn’t diagnose you accurately and promptly that you likely want to exercise your right to seek compensation for the delayed diagnosis of your cancer.