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Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Failure to Diagnose Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), early detection of cancer is the next best thing to prevention. When cancer is detected early, it is much easier to treat, with a reduced chance of recurrence and with a much higher chance of survival.

A delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be catastrophic and failure to properly diagnose cancer can be considered medical malpractice. If a physician failed to diagnose cancer in you or a loved one, you may be entitled to recover damages.

Complete the Free Case Review form on this page to begin exploring your legal options.

Benefits of Early Detection

Many cancer treatments are most effective before the disease spreads throughout the body. If a doctor fails to detect symptoms of cancer or recognize complaints that would lead a reasonable physician in the same position to diagnose cancer, the patient may be deprived of treatment options that could lead to recovery.

Given the progressive nature of most types of cancers, the early the disease is detected, the sooner treatment can begin. The impact of prompt treatment can significantly affect the patient’s ability to survive the disease.

Causes of Misdiagnosis

Failure to diagnose cancer is often due to a physician’s negligence. Some examples of negligence that can lead to either late or complete misdiagnosis of cancer include:

  • Failure to investigate suspicious skin growths.
  • Failure to detect elevated PSA.
  • Failure to order a mammogram for patients with suspicious lumps.

Sometimes, a physician may suspect cancer. When this happens, he or she must work with radiologists and pathologists in order to determine if the suspicions are correct. Radiologists and pathologists can also fail to diagnose cancer due to the following:

  • Failure to interpret tissue samples which indicate cancerous cells.
  • Failure to properly interpret imaging studies of a cancerous mass.

Contact a Connecticut Medical Malpractice Attorney

According to the ACS, a delay of just three months in cancer diagnosis can cause a much higher mortality rate. It will almost always result in more aggressive and costly forms of treatment, as well.

Regardless of the reason of the late or misdiagnosis, the end result can be complications, physical suffering and even the death of the patient.

Although there is no known cure for most types of cancer, it has been proven that early detection and treatment increases the chances of beating the disease and extending the life of a patient without reoccurrence of the disease.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to a misdiagnosis or the late diagnosis of cancer, you may be eligible to file a medical negligence claim.

At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that if the actions or negligence of a physician or caretaker results in the harm of a patient, they should be held accountable. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured in Connecticut.

We offer free case evaluations for anyone who believes they may have cause to file a lawsuit. During your evaluation, a member of our team of legal professionals will discuss with you the merits of your claim and guide you on the best course of action in pursuing legal remedies for your losses.

Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim.


For more information on the legal rights of patients who received a cancer misdiagnosis or to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.