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Man dies of cancer after misdiagnosis and delayed treatment


When a person in Boston is exhibiting symptoms and having health problems, it can be a scary experience. Going to the doctor and seeking a diagnosis and treatment is usually meant to assuage fears and prevent problems from growing worse. However, there are times when a missed diagnosis occurs and delayed treatment costs the patient valuable time. That time can be spent preventing the spread of disease. Failure to diagnose cancer can cost a person his or her life.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy who had been experiencing various issues with his urinary tract was repeatedly misdiagnosed by doctors at the Veterans Affairs hospital he used for his medical needs. The man had blood in his urine, burning pain when urinating and the frequent need to urinate overnight. The doctors continually said he had a urinary tract infection when, in reality, he had bladder cancer. Unfortunately, scans and other tests that could have lead to a correct diagnosis were not performed until May 2012. When it was finally discovered what was truly ailing him, he was in the last stages of the disease and died soon after.

While the early warning signs of cancer are often listed as reasons to seek medical treatment, many people who do seek medical treatment find themselves in worsened condition because of misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. Doctors might simply miss the warning signs. In addition, they may not realize how serious the problem is, or they make some other error that ends up leading to the disease spreading and ultimately death. People who have grown sicker than they should have and families who have lost a loved one need to know the details of the situation. In many instances, they have the right to seek compensation for their loss.

The Navy veteran had been discussing urinary issues with doctors at the VA for eight years before he died. The failure to diagnose cancer deprived him of years of possible treatment to stem the tide of the disease. He died not long after the diagnosis was finally made. When there is a case such as this, people who have been misdiagnosed have rights, including the possibility of litigation.

Source: TampaBay.com, "St. Pete's veteran dies after VA's delay in cancer diagnosis," William R. Levesque, May 23, 2014

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