Q: Does my doctor have to share different breast cancer treatment options with me after a diagnosis? Is there any reason to contact an Atlanta breast cancer lawyer if my doctor did not share treatment options with me?
A:There are many different breast cancer treatments available today. Breast cancer treatment may include, for example, a lumpectomy, mastectomy, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and/or radiation. The proper treatment for an individual patient depends on the type of cancer, the stage at which it is diagnosed, the patient’s overall health and the patient’s personal preferences. More than one treatment option may be appropriate.
Prior to treatment, a doctor must obtain a patient’s informed consent. That means that the doctor must explain the treatment to you, explain the anticipated side effects and explain any reasonable treatment alternatives to you. The failure to obtain informed consent may be a form of medical malpractice.
For these reasons, your doctor should discuss different breast cancer treatment options with you and explain the potential pros and cons of each plausible treatment given your individual needs.
If your doctor failed to provide you with plausible and reasonable treatment options, if you would have chosen a different treatment option had you known your options, and if you have suffered physical harm because of your treatment, then it is important to contact an Atlanta breast cancer lawyer for a free consultation.
You can reach an experienced Atlanta breast cancer attorney by filling out our online contact form or calling our Atlanta medical malpractice law firm directly at 1.770.518.1133.
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