Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer: Potentially Deadly Oregon Medical Malpractice


We all know that cancer is a serious medical condition, which is why it must be quickly detected and aggressively treated.  Prostate cancer is one of those types of cancers that, with quick and aggressive treatment, it can be completely remedied before it becomes deadly and spreads to other parts of the body.  This is because once prostate cancer spreads, like most cancers, it becomes particularly difficult to treat and much more likely to result in the wrongful death of a patient due to prostate cancer misdiagnosis.


For instant, according to statistics from, when prostate cancer is caught in the local stage (which means cancer is still in the prostate only) or in the regional stage (which means cancer has spread from the prostate to the nearby tissue), the 5-year survival rate is “nearly 100%.”  But when prostate cancer has spread outside the region, the 5-year survival rate groups to just 29%.  That is a massive drop.  Of course, the longer prostate cancer is undetected, the longer it will have to grow and likely spread.  This is an exact example why early detection matters.


How is Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosed by Oregon Medical Malpractice?


When patients complain on the common signs and symptoms of prostate cancer, doctors need to test for this dangerous but very treatable cancer.  The most common tests are digital rectal exam (DRE) or prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests.  The PSA test is the best to confirm the existence of prostate cancer because it uses a blood test to search for a substance naturally produced by your prostate bland in your blood.  The higher the level of this substance that is found, the more likely that the prostate is under some type of duress from cancer, inflammation, enlargement, or infection.


Since the PSA is only a basic blood test, and that the blood test is commonly done at most annual health screenings, there is no excuse for this test to not be performed by a concerned doctor who is practicing within the standard of care.  Thus, one of the most common reasons why doctors fail to diagnose prostate cancer is that they fail to test for it—even when the symptoms may be obvious and the test is so simple.


Some other common reasons why prostate cancer is misdiagnosed includes the following:


  • Not testing for prostate cancer;
  • Missing the signs and symptoms;
  • Improperly interpreting the tests;
  • Improperly performing the lab tests;
  • Failing to refer to a specialists;
  • Negligently hiring or training staff in the detection of prostate cancer;
  • Using the wrong imaging studies;
  • Not performing a biopsy, or improperly performing a biopsy;
  • Failing to use the correct imaging studies like an ultrasound or MRI fusion; and
  • Many other causes.


Victims How Have Been Misdiagnosed with Prostate Cancer May Have an Oregon Medical Malpractice Claim


The survival rate of early detection of prostate cancer goes from nearly 100% to failed detected of 29%.  That is a horrific and massive jump which highlights how delayed and misdiagnosed prostate cancer is medical malpractice and a fatal form.  When a healthcare provider fails to adhere to the standard of care that a reasonably prudent physician would have done in similar circumstance, it can result in wrongful death.


If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, especially if it has spread, call Kuhlman Law, LLC to receive whether the cancer should have been detected.  The signs of medical malpractice in misdiagnose cases may be subtle and difficult to detect.  But our trained staff knows how to evaluate potential prostate cancer misdiagnosis cases to ensure that patients are protected.


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