Colon Cancer - Diagnosis Errors

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:31 by admin
Failure to properly diagnose colon cancer, or a significant delay in diagnosing the disease, can radically lessen a patient's chances of survival. Medical errors associated with colon cancer treatment result in numerous medical malpractice lawsuits each year.

As is obvious, discovering colon cancer while the disease is in its early stages is critical. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to recognize the symptoms of colon cancer, fail to appreciate the risk factors associated with the disease, or fail to encourage their patients to undergo important tests used to discover colon cancer.

The most common colon cancer diagnosis errors that lead to medical malpractice lawsuits include:

- failure of the doctor to order proper tests to discover the presence of the disease,
- failure of the doctor to professionally manage any tests that were ordered,
- failure of the doctor to follow-up and reevaluate patients who had abnormal test results,
- failure of the doctor to recognize and explore patient symptoms that indicate colon cancer,
- failure of the doctor to actively encourage the patient to undergo sigmoidoscopy, lower gastrointestinal series, or colonoscopy testing.

While these procedures may be unpleasant, the doctor has a duty to inform the patient of the importance of the procedures. Failure to impress upon the patient the critical nature of these procedures may be malpractice.

Don't pay for your doctor's negligence. If you are living with the consequences of a misdiagnosis, or if a loved one needlessly died because of a healthcare professional's negligence, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Diagnosis Errors
  2. Cancer
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