When cancer is present in the body the sooner it is diagnosed and treated, the better. If treated properly and early many cases can leave patients with a good outcome. If cancer is misdiagnosed, or left untreated for months or even years, much stronger treatment is needed and it may be too late, leaving fatal consequences for the victim of cancer misdiagnosis.

Some 1.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. However, when researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore reviewed tissue samples from 6,000 cancer patients across the country, they found one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed, according to an article on ABCnews.com.

Types of Cancer Misdiagnosis

Two forms of misdiagnosis of cancer are possible:

  • False Cancer Diagnosis-This happens when a doctor tells a patient that they have cancer when they really don’t. The patient is then not only emotionally damaged by this devastating news; they are also exposed to dangerous, painful, and expensive treatments which can cause even more health problems in the future.
  • Missed Cancer Diagnosis– This happens when a cancerous lesion, mass, or tumor is missed, misdiagnosed, or incorrectly classified. These errors delay treatments which can worsen the patient’s condition and even cause death.

Common Causes of Cancer Misdiagnosis

How can cancer be misdiagnosed? Your actual physician is not always to blame for a cancer misdiagnosis. Pathologists, radiologists and your physician can all cause a misdiagnosis of cancer. Common causes of these types of cancer misdiagnosis include:

  • A cancerous lesion is missed in a biopsy
  • A cancerous mass is diagnosed as non-cancerous
  • A doctor fails to order proper testing
  • A cancerous tumor is incorrectly classified or incorrectly graded as to aggressiveness
  • Specimens are improperly handled, read or interpreted
  • Health care providers fail to adequately screen increased risk patients
  • Doctors fail to understand or acknowledge a patient’s complaints

Our Pennsylvania Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers Can Help

If you or a loved one are the victim of cancer misdiagnosis as a result of a health care provider’s negligence you could receive compensation for all that you have endured. Our Pennsylvania cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm want to help you gain some peace of mind after this devastating event. We will stop at nothing to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Call now toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Scranton, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and will travel to you.