Delayed Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer
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Cervical cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer and is routinely identified and treated before it can develop into a more aggressive form. However, despite the fact that cervical cancer is one of few cancers with a high rate of positive patient outcomes (thanks to the development of early diagnosis tools and procedures), medical errors still occur. In fact, if a healthcare professional misdiagnoses or otherwise negligently delays diagnosis of the cancer, then it may become difficult to treat. If left uncontrolled, cervical cancer can lead to severe injuries and even death.
At Matzus Law LLC, Pittsburgh cancer misdiagnosis attorney Jason Matzus has more than two decades of experience successfully litigating delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis in cases involving cervical cancer. With the aid of dedicated medical experts, medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus will develop a sound litigation strategy for pursuing full compensation for your medical malpractice claims.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims for delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer, see the Matzus Law LLC delayed diagnosis FAQ page.
Cervical cancer results from the growth of cancerous cells in the cervix of a woman. Generally, cervical cancers are caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. If left untreated, cervical cancer cells can quickly spread into the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive and nonreproductive areas. Once the cancer reaches the lymph nodes, it can easily spread to other systems in the body.
Symptoms of cervical cancer range from mild to severe and may include:
Cervical cancer is diagnosed through what is known as a Pap smear test. In today’s medical industry, Pap smears are regularly administered and healthcare professionals are well-trained in identifying the presence of cervical cancer early.
Though the process of diagnosing cervical cancer has been systemized, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis can still occur due to a healthcare professional’s negligence. Negligent acts may include:
Pittsburgh, PA medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus knows exactly how to approach cervical cancer delayed diagnosis cases to improve your chances for success and maximize compensation. He also understands that the injuries can be devastating and can have lifelong negative effects.
Here at Matzus Law LLC, our staff includes experienced attorneys and medical professionals. We believe that effective litigation of medical negligence lawsuits requires extensive legal and medical knowledge. That’s why we have a physician assistant on staff to assess patient medical records. We also work with top-tier medical experts to determine the extent and nature of the damages caused by the defendant’s negligence.
If you have suffered injuries due to a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cervical cancer in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to recover damages as compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and various other losses. Call Matzus Law LLC at (412) 206-5300, or fill out the online contact form, to arrange a free consultation with Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorney Jason Matzus today.
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A delay in diagnosing cervical cancer is one of the most tragic types of cancer malpractice cases because if detected early, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable and curable cancers. By delaying the diagnosis or missing the diagnosis entirely, cervical cancer can be allowed to spread to other parts of the patient’s body and eliminate the patient’s chance of cure or survival.
Cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented by having regular screening tests.
Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Most cervical cancers begin in the cells in the area referred to as the “transformation zone.”
Cells in the transformation zone do not suddenly change into cancer overnight. The normal cells gradually develop abnormal changes that are called pre-cancerous changes. These precancerous cells are checked in the lab and graded on a scale of 1 to 3 based upon how much of the cervical tissue is abnormal. For example, in Grade 1, not much of the tissue looks abnormal, and it is considered the least serious cervical pre-cancer. In grade 2 or 3 (Sin 2 or Sin 3) more of the tissue looks abnormal and grade 3 is the most serious pre-cancer grade. Only some women with pre-cancers of the cervix go on to develop cervical cancer. If the doctor timely diagnoses a cervical pre-cancer, treating it can prevent almost all cervical cancers from developing.
The goal of cervical cancer screening is to find pre-cancer or actual cancer at its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable and most curable. In short, regular cancer screenings can prevent cervical cancers and save lives.
The 2 primary tests for cervical cancer screening are the HPV test and the PAP test.
Cervical cancers are classified by how they look under the microscope in the lab. The main types of cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Approximately 90% or 9 out of 10 cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. Most of the other cervical cancers are adenocarcinomas.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and believe that there was a delay in diagnosing your cervical cancer or the doctor missed diagnosing your cervical cancer earlier in time, please call my law firm, Matzus Law. We will be happy to speak with you and learn more about your situation and investigate a potential claim to determine if there was a preventable delay in diagnosing your cervical cancer on your behalf.
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