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“Diagnostic difficulty” may sway delayed cancer diagnosis cases

Cancer is a medical problem that needs a swift, accurate diagnosis. Catching cancer in its early stages may often be the key to survival. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to provide a diagnosis until treatment is much more difficult or nearly impossible. Each day without treatment increases a patient’s risk.

Although cancer can sometimes show unclear symptoms, doctors must reasonably examine the likelihood that their patient suffers this time-sensitive illness. Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis often result in tragic loss, serious injury, extra medical bills and eventually malpractice lawsuits. However, the type of cancer could play a role in whether those lawsuits are successful.