Q: Ive heard that there arent clear guidelines for cancer screenings for people 75 and older. Does that mean a doctor is off the hook for making a proper diagnosis, or may a doctor still be liable for the misdiagnosis of cancer?
A:A doctor owes patients a duty of care regardless of their age. While there may not be strict cancer screening requirements for the elderly, a doctor should still consider whether screenings are appropriate and consider a patient’s symptoms and medical history in deciding whether further diagnostic testing is appropriate.
If an elderly patient suffers an injury or untimely death because of a doctor’s misdiagnosis of cancer, then the patient, or his or her family in the case of a wrongful death, may have a valid cause of action and may be entitled to legal damages for harm caused by the medical malpractice.
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