Cancer of Unknown Primary: Could it Be Caused by Medical Malpractice or the Failure to Diagnose?
While a diagnosis of cancer is never good news, a diagnosis of cancer of unknown primary is particularly concerning. By definition a cancer of unknown primary has spread from its primary source to other parts of the body. If it had been found earlier, the source would be known, and the disease would not have been diagnosed as cancer of unknown primary.
Cancer of Unknown Primary May Be a Result of Medical Malpractice / Failure to Diagnose
In some cases, the cancer may not have been detectable early and even the most prudent doctor may not have been able to diagnose the cancer earlier. In other cases, cancer of unknown primary may be the result of a misdiagnosis of cancer.
You may be concerned that your disease was allowed to progress if:
- You had symptoms of cancer that were not fully explored by your doctor at earlier visits.
- You had symptoms of cancer that you made known to your doctor at earlier visits, and your doctor failed to order diagnostic tests to determine if cancer was present.
- Your doctor failed to conduct routine cancer screenings, as appropriate.
- Your doctor failed to take a full medical history and failed to conduct a complete examination during earlier visits.
If your doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer resulted in the progression of your disease and you could have avoided harsh treatments or a shortened life expectancy had your doctor acted like a reasonable doctor would have given the circumstances, then you may have been the victim of medical malpractice failure to diagnose.
You can find out more about whether your cancer of unknown primary may have been the result of medical malpractice in our FREE book: Cancer: Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Errors.
When to Contact an Atlanta Cancer Malpractice Attorney
If you believe that your cancer of unknown primary was the result of a failure to diagnose or a cancer misdiagnosis, then it is important to contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after your diagnosis.
Our experienced and empathetic Atlanta cancer malpractice lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation. Please call us today at 1.770.518.1133 to schedule the meeting.