A Physician’s Failure To Diagnose Breast Cancer Can Cost You
According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Each year tens of thousands of women die from the disease. In spite of these grim statistics, there have been many advances in the detection and treatment of breast cancer.
Failure To Diagnose Cancer Can Limit Treatment Options And Survival
When breast cancer is diagnosed in its early, localized stages, women can be treated with breast-conserving surgery and have very high five-year survival rates. Unfortunately, if the cancer progresses to the lymph nodes or metastasized, five-year survival rates are far lower. In order to have the best chance of survival, it is imperative that physicians diagnose breast cancer as early as possible. When doctors fail to diagnose or misdiagnose breast cancer, this negligence can amount to malpractice.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a doctor’s failure to diagnose breast cancer, the Glen Rock, New Jersey, law firm of Britcher Leone, LLC, can help. Our law firm has significant experience prosecuting malpractice claims involving the failure to diagnose cancer.
Incorrect Interpretation Of Mammograms And Other Tests Can Be Malpractice
Mammograms, along with ultrasounds, are an effective means of detecting breast cancer before symptoms appear. In order for these tests to be effective, the doctor must correctly interpret the results of these tests. The failure to diagnose the cancer in a timely fashion limits the available treatment options. In many cases, patients must endure invasive treatments. For example, a single or double mastectomy may be the only available means of treatment. Had the cancer been diagnosed sooner, a lumpectomy or other less invasive treatments could have been successful and the chances of cure are greater.
Achieving Positive Results In Malpractice Claims
Every case hinges on unique facts. With that said, we have experience representing women who have been harmed by the failure to diagnose breast cancer in a timely fashion. Below is an example of our work.
The firm obtained a verdict of $2.5 million for a middle-aged woman and her husband for defendant physicians’ failure to diagnose cancer over a period of 13 months despite multiple mammography examinations. The delay in diagnosis resulted in a mastectomy and reduced chance of cure of her disease that would have been curable with a lumpectomy had a proper and timely diagnosis been made. The plaintiff’s radiology and oncology experts explained to the jury why the defendant radiologists were negligent in not alerting her treating physicians to the cancer and how the delay changed her outcome.