In cases where cancer misdiagnosis arises it is possible that a person may be able to take a claim for medical negligence as a result of the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose correctly.

Cancer misdiagnosis has catastrophic effects on patients and their families.  Unfortunately cancer misdiagnosis can result in death to a patient leaving bereaved spouses and dependent relatives behind.

Cancer misdiagnosis can also occur when patients are not diagnosed in a timely manner and in such cases the patient may experience the late diagnosis, incorrect diagnosis or a complete failure to diagnose the cancer.

Types of cancer misdiagnosis

  • Incorrect cancer diagnosis
  • Delayed diagnosis of cancer
  • Failure to diagnose cancer

Cancer misdiagnosis is caused by a number of factors most commonly by medical negligence.  In cancer misdiagnosis cases, patients lose out on a crucial timeframe during which cancer treatment would have been most effective and as a result the patients prognosis and outcome may be much worse than if the proper treatment had been received in a timely manner.

Cancer misdiagnosis medical negligence generally arises as a result of the following errors:

  • Failure to investigate or identify certain symptoms associated with cancer
  • Failure to send a patient forward for appropriate cancer testing when certain symptoms or risk factors exist.
  • Improperly refers a patient for a biopsy or MRI scan.
  • Failure to correctly interpret or read cancer tests results provided by the testing laboratory
  • Failure to investigate or acknowledge certain recommendations made by a testing laboratory
  • Failure to refer a patient to a cancer oncologist in cases where the general practitioner or doctor lacks the appropriate skills or expertise to deal with the patient’s symptoms
  • Failure to adapt the correct procedures and processes warranted by the patient’s symptoms
  • Failure to provide proper follow-up care for treatment assessment

Read more:

  • Step by step guide to taking a medical negligence claim

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