Delays In Diagnosing Treatable Cancer

When it comes to cancer, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the prognosis in most cases. Several cancers are easily detectable in their early stages and highly treatable — if caught early enough. Late-state cancer can be more difficult to treat. In some cases, a delayed diagnosis can mean there's little hope for recovery.

How exactly is cancer detected? A timely diagnosis depends on proper screening, examination and testing by attentive doctors. However, many doctors misdiagnose cancers or fail to diagnose the cancer at all, resulting in severe consequences for the patient.

If you had breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer or skin cancer that wasn't properly diagnosed, you may be entitled to compensation.

Help Is Available

At the Boston-area law firm of Barry D. Lang, M.D. & Associates, we can help you pursue justice. Our firm has doctors and nurses on staff to evaluate your claim. You can count on our strong backgrounds in both law and medicine.

Our attorneys have extensive experience handling cases involving treatable cancers such as:

  • Colon cancer: This is one of the most curable types of cancer because it's detectable early in its precancerous stage. By testing for blood in the stool and conducting a colonoscopy, a doctor can catch this cancer long before it progresses. Don't let a doctor write off blood in the stool as hemorrhoids or other benign conditions without further investigation.
  • Prostate cancer: The test for prostate cancer is one of the easiest to conduct. A blood test run once a year will monitor a patient's prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. Depending on the hospital values, a PSA should be around 4 or below. A spike in a PSA level (above 4) when previous tests have been normal requires further attention by a physician.
  • Breast cancer: In addition to self exams, women between the ages of 40 and 50 need to have yearly mammograms and annual breast examinations by their doctor. If you have a family history of breast cancer, your physician should be directing you to get mammograms earlier in life. In some cases, failure to perform a breast biopsy, failure to properly monitor a breast lump and mistakes in reading a mammogram can result in a late diagnosis or misdiagnosis. When breast cancer has progressed to Stage III or Stage IV, the cancerous tumor may have metastasized or spread to other parts of the body making remission or full recovery much less likely.
  • Melanoma: Any darkly pigmented lesion on the body is cause for concern. It may be a normal mole, but nonetheless, it should be examined by a qualified dermatologist. If a melanoma is misclassified by a professional, a fatal cancer may develop that could have been prevented.
  • Meningiomas/brain tumors: Headaches and vision problems that do not go away need to be checked out through an MRI. It may be a benign brain tumor called a meningioma. These tumors are not cancerous and are treatable early if found in the early stages. However, even though they are not cancerous, they can be fatal if allowed to grow unnoticed.

Let Us Help

Nobody should have to go through the trauma of cancer — much less a cancer that is no longer treatable because of a doctor's mistake. We'll stand by you to get the answers and compensation you deserve.

To get started with a free consultation, please call 800-LAWYERS or reach out to us online. We help patients and their loved ones across Massachusetts.