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New possibility for skin cancer diagnosis

May 19, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

Many New York residents may be interested in the report of a new option doctors have to help with skin cancer diagnosis. Metastatic melanoma, a type of skin cancer, has been difficult to diagnose correctly with current techniques. The new technique promises to make diagnosis easier and prevent either a misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis.

According to a study, the modified optic techniques allow single melanoma cells to be diagnosed with greater ease. Before this, doctors had to rely on research data that focused very heavily on a single type of cancer cell. Traditional identification techniques made use of laser light and sound waves, meaning that only cells responsive to the intense light and able to absorb it were adequately researched. Doctors were handicapped by the narrow information, often leading to misdiagnosis of cells that did not follow the research pattern or type.

The researchers also realized that the modified technique could identify cancer cells as they divide and spread, or metastasize, throughout the body. This can further aid diagnosis and treatment by allowing doctors to track the spread of the disease and modify prescribed treatments accordingly.

A cancer misdiagnosis can cause severe harm to a person. Many cancer treatments are invasive or harmful to healthy tissues. If cancer is misdiagnosed and the wrong treatment is applied, the patient may suffer undue harm. The same is true if the cancer is missed. Many forms are easier to treat if they are detected early. A failure to diagnose cancer early may result in the need for more aggressive treatments, causing harm that could have been avoided. Patients who have been affected in such a manner may want to meet with an attorney and discuss their legal options.