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Failing to diagnose cancer can allow it to spread

Having any symptoms that are associated with cancer can be frightening. If you experience those types of symptoms, you will likely go to your doctor in an attempt to find out what is going on with you. If you are like most people, you trust your doctor. But, what happens if a physician doesn't make the proper diagnosis?

Any misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a condition can be harmful. However, cancer that is left undiagnosed can get worse and spread because it isn't being treated. The same is true for cancers that aren't being treated properly.

We know that you want to be as healthy as possible. This means that you expect your doctor to treat your medical conditions in a way that will help you recover if that is possible or at least keep a condition from worsening. When the doctor doesn't do that, you will likely suffer from pain and from other life effects.

There are some instances in which the symptoms that you are experiencing will be associated with more than one condition. In those cases, the doctor must be especially careful that he or she is making the correct diagnosis. This can mean having you take a battery of tests to determine what diagnosis and treatments are necessary.

A misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis can be serious events. If you were harmed by either of these events, you might decide that you need to do something to hold the doctor or other medical professionals accountable. A medical malpractice lawsuit might be the course of action you choose.Our attorneys can provide advice and guidance.

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