Failure to Diagnose Cancer

A physician or doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner can lead to tragic results including significant injury and death.  If cancer is found early it is usually easier to treat or ultimately cure.  Doctors and health care providers have many cancer screening tools at their disposal such as physical exams; laboratory tests involving urine, blood, or samples of the tissue (biopsy); and imaging procedures.  There are many reasons a doctor may fail to diagnose a cancer.  The doctor may have failed to order the proper tests for the patient which would have shown the presence of cancer.  Other times, doctors do order the proper tests, but misread the test results.  It is also not uncommon for doctors to confuse the cancer symptoms with those of another disease or ailment.


There are many other medical providers then just your general physician involved in diagnosing cancer and if one of them makes a mistake it can negatively effect the diagnosis.  Nurses and other medical staff often complete the patient intake and if they fail to properly follow-up and record symptoms and familial history factors it can effect the diagnosis.  Radiologists are involved in diagnosing cancer and when they misread x-rays or other scans it can cause the cancer to go undiagnosed and unneeded harm to the patient.

Incorrect Cancer Diagnosis

An incorrect or misdiagnosis of cancer does not automatically create a strong medical malpractice case against the doctor.  To properly assess a case, a medical malpractice lawyer will have to review the complete medical file to see what factors the doctor considered in coming to his incorrect decision.  Also, the likely degree of success in a malpractice claim may depend on the type of cancer the victim has.  Some cancers respond much better to treatment while other more severe cancers can have poor outcomes for the patient no matter when they are diagnosed.  If you have been the victim of a delayed cancer diagnosis, after you find a healthcare professional you are comfortable working with for treating your cancer, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss your options.

Oregon Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyers

Studies have estimated that that cancer is misdiagnosed in ranges from 15% to 28% of the time.  If you have questions about an incorrect misdiagnosis, contact us immediately.  We have access to medical experts who can help to determine whether your doctor’s misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to refer you to a cancer specialist had a drastic impact on your treatment and whether this misdiagnosis constituted medical negligence.  If we accept your case, we will help you to find the answers you are looking for and fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve for future medical treatment and the pain, suffering, and anxiety that stems from a misdiagnosis.

Types of Misdiagnosed Cancer and delayed diagnosis cases we investigate:

  • Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Ovarian Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Rectal Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Kidney Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Bladder Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Cervical Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer
  • Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer
  • We continue to evaluate all cancer misdiagnoses

A Oregon Law Firm standing up for victims of failure to diagnose cancer

If you have further questions about your or a loved one’s cancer misdiagnosis, call our Bend and Portland Oregon Medical Malpractice offices today to set up an initial free consultation at 541-385-1999.

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