Philadelphia Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer or Late Diagnosis
When it comes to cancer, early detection and treatment can be the key to winning the battle against this disease that kills millions every year. When it comes to colon cancer in particular – the third most common cancer in the United States – survival rates are dramatically higher when the cancer is identified in its earliest stages. Sadly, however, many individuals with colon cancer are only diagnosed after the cancer has significantly progressed, making treatment much more difficult and expensive, and making the odds of becoming a cancer survivor much smaller.
With advances in colon cancer testing and screening, it can be easier than ever to diagnose early-stage colon cancer – if doctors and oncologists order the proper tests and interpret those tests correctly. Unfortunately, many colon cancer cases are misdiagnosed or patients receive a tragically late diagnosis because physicians failed to adhere to the proper standard of care.
When patients and families suffer as a result of such medical errors, the Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at LawMD fight to hold the negligent parties responsible and obtain compensation that can help them in a difficult and painful time.
Colon Cancer: Deadly but Detectable
Tens of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer every single year. According to the American Cancer Society, 95,270 new cases of colon cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2016 alone, and 49,190 Americans will die from the disease that same year.
Colon cancer is cancer that develops in the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Early colon cancers can begin as noncancerous polyps – abnormal growths inside the colon that can become cancerous if not removed. These polyps often cause no symptoms but can be detected by appropriate screening which will then allow doctors to find and remove the polyps. That is why doctors recommend screenings for those at high risk or over the age of 50.
Even if colon cancer has already developed, early detection of the cancer before it has spread to other parts of the body means a much greater chance of survival and much less burdensome and difficult course of treatment.
Medical Malpractice in Diagnosing Colon Cancer
But screening and testing is only effective if it is actually performed, the results are correctly interpreted, and the appropriate course of treatment is begun. There are a whole range of medical mistakes that doctors can make in colon cancer detection and diagnosis that can delay treatment, resulting in preventable deaths. The mistakes can include:
- Failure to recommend routine colon cancer screening
- Failure to evaluate and consider family history of colon cancer
- Failure to recommend early colon cancer screening for patients at higher risk of colon cancer
- Failure to order blood stool testing
- Failure to recommend or perform a colonoscopy in the presence of symptoms such as rectal bleeding
- Failure to properly perform a colonoscopy
- Failure to investigate low red blood cell counts as a sign of colon cancer
- Failure to identify and remove polyps or lesions detected in a colonoscopy
- Failure to properly follow up on results of colonoscopy
- Errors in interpreting the results of colonoscopy or tissue samples
Call LawMD’s Philadelphia Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorneys Today
Misdiagnosis in one of the most common types of medical malpractice. When medical errors such as these are made, and patients and families suffer as a result, victims may be entitled to compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. At LawMD, our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers fight tirelessly on behalf of individuals and families who have been victimized by a colon cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis. Using our experience, skill, and tenacity, we get our clients the compensation they need and deserve.
Many of our attorneys are also licensed physicians which allows us to promptly determine what happened and whether your physicians and health care providers failed to meet the appropriate standard of care. If we determine that you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, we aggressively pursue compensation that can help pay for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of relationship, and funeral expenses.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of a colon cancer misdiagnosis or late diagnosis, LawMD’s medical malpractice lawyers serving greater Philadelphia stand ready to help. Please give us a call at 888-MY-LAWMD (888-695-2963) to set up your free consultation or contact us online. We look forward to assisting you.