Q: None of the medical professionals treating me seem to know what the other doctors are doing. Should my cancer care be coordinated? Is this a form of cancer malpractice that could hurt me?
A:To provide you with the most effective care your cancer treatment should be coordinated. Cancer patients often require the expertise of different kinds of doctors. At a minimum, a cancer patient is likely under the care of an oncologist and a primary care doctor. Other specialists may also be necessary.
It is important for the doctors to communicate and know what the other doctor is doing to avoid cancer malpractice mistakes. For example, it is important for the primary care doctor to know what type of chemotherapy, radiation or other treatments a patient is receiving so that he or she does not prescribe any drugs that could conflict with cancer treatments.
Modern communication techniques, such as electronic charts, should make the sharing of information easier. However, mistakes still happen. If you have been hurt by the failure of your doctors to communicate, then you may have been the victim of medical malpractice.
Please contact an Atlanta cancer malpractice lawyer today for more information. You can reach an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney at 1.770.518.1133. Additionally, we invite you to read our FREE book: Why Did This Critical Medical Error Happen To Me?