3 Important Differences Between Pediatric and Adult Cancers That Georgia Parents Should KnowCancer is dangerous, and potentially deadly, for anyone of any age. However, there are important differences between pediatric and adult cancers that are important for parents to know. Additionally, it is important to know that the misdiagnosis of cancer can impact your child for the rest of his or her life and/or shorten his or her life. If your child has been hurt by the misdiagnosis of cancer in Atlanta, or anywhere in Georgia, then it is important to contact an experienced Georgia failure to diagnose attorney as soon as possible.
How Pediatric and Adult Cancers Differ
Three of the major differences between pediatric and adult cancers include:
- Origin of cancer. Most childhood cancers are not the result of environmental or lifestyle effects that can cause cancer in adults.
- Diagnosis of cancer. The diagnosis of cancer is often more difficult in children than in adults because the symptoms of cancer often mimic other childhood illnesses and injuries. Children are also less able than adults to remember when a specific symptom started, and, depending on age and other factors, may be unable to describe symptoms at all.
- Treatment of cancer. Children, as a group, often respond better to chemotherapy than adults. Thus, early treatment of cancer may have an important effect on a sick child. Additionally, children are often treated at centers that are part of the Children’s Oncology Group. There are currently three such centers in Georgia, and they are located in Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah.
Why You May Need a Georgia Failure to Diagnose Attorney to Help
It can be hard to determine whether a doctor has misdiagnosed your child’s cancer because of negligence. Unfortunately, even the best doctors may misdiagnose cancer in a child without being negligent. A Georgia failure to diagnose lawyer can investigate what happened to your child and whether the doctor’s misdiagnosis of cancer was medical malpractice.
If medical malpractice did occur then your Georgia cancer misdiagnosis lawyer will advise you of your rights and fight hard for your just recovery. We encourage you to read our FREE book, Cancer: Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Errors, and to call our Atlanta medical malpractice law firm directly at 1.770.518.1133 to schedule a FREE consultation.