It is hard to spin a cancer diagnosis as good news. However, as far as cancer goes, thyroid cancer is typically easy to diagnose and easy to treat if caught early. That is good news unless, of course, you are the victim of medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose thyroid cancer can affect your survival rate significantly.
When Your Doctor Should Diagnose Thyroid Cancer
Appropriate testing for thyroid cancer depends both on your symptoms and your other risk factors. It is important to tell your doctor if you are experiencing:
  • A bump or swelling in the neck
  • Breathing problems
  • Neck pain
  • Voice changes such as hoarseness
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Consistent cough not explained by other medical conditions
If your doctor suspects that you might have thyroid cancer, then he or she may complete a medical exam and order one or more of the following tests:
  • Biopsy
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • Chest X-ray (to see if the cancer has spread to your lungs)
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine Scan
  • Blood test
  • Vocal cord test
When to Contact an Atlanta Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer
If you had symptoms of thyroid cancer that you presented to your doctor, your doctor failed to diagnose your condition, and that failure to diagnose thyroid cancer caused you physical harm, then you should contact an Atlanta cancer misdiagnosis attorney. This type of medical malpractice / failure to diagnose may have cost you a very real chance of survival and may have necessitated more invasive treatments.
If you have suffered because of a Georgia doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer, please contact an experienced Atlanta failure to diagnose lawyer today for a free consultation. You can reach us at 1.770.518.1133 or via our online contact form.
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