What Happens When Colorectal Cancer is MisdiagnosedYou’ve heard it before. Get regular checkups, know the risk factors, get screened if you are at high risk of developing a certain type of cancer. You’ve not only heard it, you’ve done it. You’ve done everything that you are supposed to do to protect yourself and, yet, your doctors have failed to make a proper diagnosis and protect you.
The Potential Consequences of a Colorectal Cancer Misdiagnosis
While a misdiagnosis of any type of cancer is serious, the misdiagnosis of colorectal cancer is particularly troubling. Specifically, a delayed diagnosis can:
- Require more extensive surgery. Colon cancer or rectal cancer patients who are diagnosed early may be candidates for laparoscopic surgery, which is often less invasive and less risky than the traditional surgery. Open surgery is often required if cancer has progressed to a more advanced stage.
- Allow the cancer to progress to other parts of the body. The longer the cancer is in the body untreated, the greater the likelihood that it will attack other parts of the body making treatment more difficult.
- Require more extensive treatment such as additional chemotherapy or radiation.
- Decrease a patient’s chances of survival.
What to Do When You Discover a Misdiagnosis of Colorectal Cancer
When a doctor delivers the devastating news that you, or a loved one, have colon or rectal cancer the shock can be overwhelming, especially if you previously sought treatment and underwent tests to determine if the condition existed.
Once the news has been delivered, however, it is important to act as quickly as you can to protect your health and your legal rights. First, you should consult a trusted doctor to come up with a treatment plan. Then, you should consult an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney to discuss your legal rights.
At the Dover Law Firm, we will fight for you. We will do everything that we can to make you and your family more comfortable and secure during this difficult time. Contact us at 1.770.518.1133 or via our online contact form to discuss your specific case.
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