Hodgkin Disease is a type of cancer that develops in the white blood cells. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 9,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with Hodgkin in 2012 and approximately 1,190 will die from this type of cancer. People who are diagnosed with Hodgkin Stage I or Stage II generally have a 90% chance of surviving five or more years. Thus, proper diagnosis of Hodgkin is important and a failure to diagnose may significantly decrease a patient’s chances of survival and should prompt a call to an experienced Georgia failure to diagnose attorney.

Symptoms and Diagnoses of Hodgkin Patients
Many people with Hodgkin Disease don’t feel sick at the early stages of the disease. However, early symptoms of the disease may include:

  • A lump (typically in the lymph node area) that may go away and come back or stay
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A generalized feeling of not feeling well

A reasonably prudent doctor may:

  • Request that a patient come back for a second appointment. Lymph nodes may be swollen because of Hodgkin Lymphoma or they may be swollen because of a more common infection. A doctor may not want to assume that the swollen lymph nodes are due to an infection and may request that a patient come back after a course of antibiotics or in few weeks.
  • Order a biopsy. A biopsy may determine if cancer is present.
When to Contact a Georgia Failure to Diagnose Attorney
If your doctor failed to diagnose Hodgkin Disease and, as a result, you suffered physical harm, then you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact an experienced Georgia failure to diagnose lawyer today at 1.770.518.1133 for more information and please read our FREE book, I Have Cancer….Should it Have Been Caught Earlier?, to learn more about your rights.