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What to Do When Your Cancer Should Have Been Diagnosed Earlier?

Cancer-Should-Have-Been-Diagnosed-EarlierOne of the keys to a full recovery is finding your diagnosis out early. Most cancers can and should be diagnosed early before they have a chance to grow and metastasize. Your doctor should order cancer screening test according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), and The American Cancer Society as well as being responsible to order a test for symptomatic conditions that can be used to diagnose cancer early. Diagnostic errors and the lack of a physician following through on test results in a timely manner has the potential to be disastrous in a patient’s life. The sooner a cancer diagnosis is made the quicker the patient can receive proper treatment and the better the prognosis will be. The difference between Stage 1 and Stage 4 of the disease is an incredible delay and could make the difference between life and death.


Stage 1 cancer is usually a small cancer or tumor that has not grown deeply into nearby tissues. It also has not spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body. It is often called early-stage cancer.

Stage 4 cancer on the other hand means that the cancer has spread to other organs or parts of the body. It may also be called advanced or metastatic cancer.

The only thing that could be worse than being diagnosed with cancer is finding out that you have denied the opportunity for a treatment or cure because your doctor failed to order a simple test is a fate no person should have to endure.

Clark + Mitchell works diligently with a group of board-certified experts to establish a firm case for medical malpractice against the health care professional who caused you or a loved one harm.

There are a few cancers that according to The American Cancer Society have clear guidelines for physicians to follow for early detection.

These are:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer

The end result you might have a medical malpractice case if you have been the victim of a late cancer diagnosis due to your doctor failed to order routine screenings or test, ordered a test that was never performed, ordered the test but never shared the results with you, or failure to refer you to an appropriate specialist. A health care provider might miss a diagnosis because he or she assumes the patient’s symptoms are due to a less serious condition and never rules out the possibility of early cancer. It is mandatory for the physician with every patient to perform their due diligence in ruling out or confirming a diagnosis by any means available to assist them to make a proper diagnosis.


Another situation that has arisen recently is due to COVID-19.

Before the pandemic, many Americans were scheduled for not only routine cancer test, but some had active symptoms and the test was delayed or postponed indefinitely due to many departments in hospitals ceased from operating.

All non-emergency surgeries were put on hold.

As time has passed, we hear more and more in the news of the negative effects of COVID-19. Not being diagnosed with cancer due to delay of testing is bad in itself, however, being diagnosed with cancer and having to endure a delay in treatment or surgery can have a detrimental impact on the patients physical well being but also consider the emotional impact it has on the patient and their family.

With many appointments canceled, there are patients whose lives have been put on hold and this could result in a higher death rate among those whose lives could have been spared. It has been noted that as many as 18, 000 people could die over the next year.

Putting it simply a lot of patients will move from the ‘cure’ to the ‘non cure’ category. Some treatments will continue with limitations, restrictions, and changes as to how the treatment will carry out due to these patients are also more susceptible to the virus as well as the outcome if contracted by the immune compromised patients. No cancer patient should be treated any differently in regard to treatment care than before COVID-19; the patient’s care and the lack of progression of their disease should remain the same.

While we research your case and gather expert witness statements, you won’t pay any fees until we’ve won your case for you; this way you can focus on what’s important now – feeling better or caring for your loved ones – instead of the added stress of a lengthy legal process and fees.

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