Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of premature death in men in one of the most developed countries – The United States, behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. 1 out of every 39 men in the country will die of this cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer estimates in the US for 2017 are that there will be about 161,360 new cases and 26,730 deaths will be caused by prostate cancer. Although it is a serious disease, most men who are diagnosed with the cancer will not die from it. In fact, over 2.9 million men in the US who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still living today.
Medical Negligence and Misdiagnosis of Prostate Cancer
Although prostate cancer is a common cancer among men, it is also one of the most treatable ones. When it is diagnosed properly at the early stages, it has an extremely high survival rate. Doctors need to know the wide range of tests that should be administered to find out if a patient has this cancer. These tests may include the PSA, or Prostate-Specific Antigen, test.
When there is failure on the doctor’s part to order the right tests or to reasonably make the right diagnosis, it puts the patient in danger. When a person is injured or harmed due to this negligence, it is important to ensure that the responsible doctor is held accountable and that patients receive fair compensation for their injury.
Prostate Cancer Malpractice
If you were a victim of prostate cancer misdiagnosis due to medical negligence, you can build a strong case against your doctor if:
- Tests were not ordered in a timely manner
- The doctor failed to recognize the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer
- The doctor failed to conduct a prostate examination
- The doctor failed to identify a cancerous mass while performing a prostate examination
- The doctor failed to get a proper medical history or records that would have revealed the patient’s high-risk status
- The doctor misdiagnosed the prostate cancer as another condition and administered incorrect treatment
- A lab did not report the PSA test results in a proper manner
- A biopsy was not performed when the result of prostate tests were abnormal
- The doctor failed to follow up with the patient
Failing to diagnose and treat prostate cancer in a timely manner could mean the difference between undergoing minimally invasive treatment to more invasive and radical surgical procedure, or even premature death. A doctor should be able to identify the early warning signs of prostate cancer and take quick action before the disease spreads and it becomes too late to take any action to treat the disease.
Getting Legal Help for Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis in New York
If you or a loved one has been injured resulting from prostate cancer misdiagnosis due to your doctor’s negligence, call the medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. These are complicated cases but we know how to win them. We have experts that we can call that will back up your word if your case is viable.
Call us today! Let us hear what you have to say. You pay us nothing up front. In fact, since we only take a percentage of the final settlement or verdict, it is as if you pay us nothing at all. Call RMFW Law, you have nothing to lose but perhaps lots to gain.