Prostate Cancer Failure to Diagnose
Located near the bladder, the prostate is a small gland this is part of the male reproductive system. The American Cancer Society reports that there are about 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed every year. If you have the symptoms of prostate cancer, it is important that you talk to your doctor immediately.
The Importance of Diagnosing Prostate Cancer Early
The earlier that prostate cancer is discovered, the higher the chances of survival. The longer that cancer is allowed to grow and spread, the worse the chances of survival are. Consider the following average five-year survival rates for cancer patients, which vary depending upon the stage that the cancer is caught–
- Stages 0, I, II. When cancer is caught in the earliest stages (0, I, and II), also called the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is great. In fact, almost 100 percent of people who are diagnosed with localized prostate cancer and begin treatment immediately will survive for at least the next five years.
- Stage III, early stage IV. When cancer is stage III and sometimes during the early parts of stage IV, it is regionalized. This means that cancer has spread into surrounding tissues, but has not yet spread to other parts of the body. At this stage, the five-year survival rate is still around 100 percent.
- Stage IV. This is when the cancer really gets ugly, and if a doctor fails to diagnose a patient’s cancer until it is at stage IV and has spread to bones, lymph nodes, or or other organs, the chances of survival decrease. The relative five-year survival rate for prostate cancer caught at stage five is only 28 percent.
Your Doctor Owes You a High Duty of Care
Your doctor owes you a high duty of care, including the duty to diagnose your cancer when evidence points to the disease. If you come to your doctor with symptoms of cancer and your doctor:
- Fails to correctly interpret your symptoms;
- Dismisses your condition as something less serious;
- Fails to refer you to a specialist;
- Fails to get a second opinion; or
- Fails to order tests to rule out cancer,
then your doctor may be responsible for any harm that you suffer as a result of your cancer’s growth. When a doctor breaches the medical standard of care owed to you and you suffer, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
Our Attorneys Are Here to Help You
At the law offices of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., our experienced failure to diagnose cancer attorneys know what you’re going through. We can help you to file your claim and fight for your right to compensation. We have helped many other victims of failure to diagnose recover thousands or millions of dollars for their losses, and have the resources and skill set you deserve.
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