Cancer Misdiagnosis in Chicago
Fighting Against Inaccurate Diagnostics
We trust our medical professionals with our lives. We trust that they are qualified enough and trained enough to look for the right symptoms and indications of major health concerns. Unfortunately, doctors are known to put unrelated pieces of information together to yield inaccurate diagnoses, and in some cases, fail to see major health concerns when they exist.
Cancer misdiagnoses can occur in two ways: a patient can be told he or she has cancer and then given a daunting treatment plan when they don’t have it; and a patient can also have cancer and be told they are perfectly healthy. Both are incalculably irresponsible and threatening to the said patient’s life. If you’ve been a victim of this, contact our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys.
Common Reasons for Misdiagnosis
Doctors are human, too, and prone to mistakes. However, we are not relying on human fallibility in medicine. Medicine, especially in terms of diagnostics, is performed in reliance on scientific facts. It is when doctors fail to gather complete evidence that lives are negatively affected.
Cancer is usually misdiagnosed for the following reasons:
- Doctors are missing information
- The information doctors have is inconclusive
- Doctors fail to assess patient’s complete medical history
- Doctors are not spending enough time evaluating evidence
- Doctors jump to conclusions based on previous cases they’ve seen
What a Cancer Misdiagnosis Looks Like
Of the two major forms described earlier, neither are in any way desirable. But when patients are diagnosed with cancer that they do not have, they often enter extensive treatment plans that take physical, emotional, mental, and financial tolls – all of them severe, most of them irreversible.
If misdiagnosed with cancer, patients may unnecessarily experience:
- Severe fatigue
- Loss of hair
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
In addition to all of these unnecessary symptoms from going through radiation and chemotherapy, the real condition from which the patient suffers is not being treated, and the effects of that condition are likely worsening as the patient loses strength in their immune system.
If you or a loved one have been misdiagnosed with cancer, or cancer has been overlooked by your physician, get help today. Call (312) 313-0266 today for dedicated medical malpractice lawyers in Chicago.