Generally, women understand the importance of self-breast exams. Although many have regular screenings and conduct self-exams, there is a culturally supported idea that women are commonly responsible for delayed diagnosis. We are here to tell you that is not always the case. Our Pittsburgh breast cancer delayed diagnosis attorney in Pittsburgh is experienced in handling a wide range of delayed diagnosis cases. While patients are responsible for mentioning abnormalities, there are also many cases where physicians are failing to provide patients with a reasonable standard of care. Most cases of breast cancer are highly treatable if caught early enough, but cancer can spread quickly if left untreated. An unreasonable delay in diagnosis may lead to more extensive surgery in addition to chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In the worst case, a delayed diagnosis can be fatal. A physician’s duty of care extends beyond ordering mammograms and conducting breast exams. These professionals must also ask for information about family history of cancers and risk factors. They must also listen to patients discuss their symptoms and make reasonable inferences to guide screenings, checkup timelines, and facilitate urgency.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a severe form of breast cancer, your history with a gynecologist, breast specialist, or oncologist may provide clues into acts of negligence. Not every delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis is considered malpractice, but mistakes that should have reasonably been prevented are a clear indication that your current situation should never have happened. Delayed diagnosis cases require a level of retrospective investigation. At Matzus Law, we intimately understand the medical process. From the moment we receive a call from a concerned patient, we will provide enough information to help you make an informed decision regarding legal action. If the likelihood of malpractice is apparent, we know what evidence to look for in cases of delayed or misdiagnoses in breast cancer.
In today’s medical environment, it is more important than ever that patients take an active role in personal health. You know your body better than anyone, and it is always better to ask about a sign or symptom and have it checked out than to wait until the problem becomes severe. If you have any concerns, ask questions. Some symptoms to mention immediately to your doctor include:
Not every lump is cancerous, but every single abnormality should be reviewed. Once you have discussed the problem with a physician, you may need to keep pushing. Some physicians will conduct a physical exam but fail to order proper tests. If you feel strongly that something is not right, ask questions and ask for additional testing to alleviate your concerns. Seek a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the answers you have received. Some cancer cases are only discovered because a patient proactively pursued diagnosis and treatment. For more information about delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, our team at Matzus Law is always happy to provide the information you need to make an informed decision regarding pursuing a breast cancer lawsuit.
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