Prostate cancer is among the most deadly cancer types for men, but it is also the most detectable and treatable if caught in a timely fashion. Ben Stiller explained the important of having a PSA test as a 48-year old man. In an article by the New York Daily News stemming from an interview with Howard Stern, Stiller revealed how the routine PSA blood test led to an early diagnosis of prostate cancer and subsequent removal of his prostate. As of this time, this early detection and intervention has rendered him cancer free.
An online article from the Mayo Clinic explains what a PSA Test is - "The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below a man's bladder."
The failure to properly diagnose a sickness is a common form of medical malpractice. A misdiagnosis typically occurs when the doctor associates the patient's symptoms with another disease. In some cases, however, the misdiagnosis occurs because the doctor failed to take the proper steps to adequately evaluate their patient's symptoms. In such instances, the doctor may have acted negligently and could be found liable. Patients may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against their doctor to recoup compensation for damages caused by the misdiagnosis. While misdiagnoses don't always prove fatal, they can cause patients to face significant financial strain due to costly medical bills and lost wages due to time missed at work. In the case of a cancer misdiagnosis, however, the consequences can be devastating.
A cancer misdiagnosis can have devastating effects on patients and their families. While cancer can be treatable if caught early, a misdiagnosis can result in the disease spreading and reduce the chances of recovery. In addition to the obvious physical hardships a cancer misdiagnosis causes, the financial strain placed upon patients and their families can be enormous. A cancer misdiagnosis can cause patients to undergo numerous surgical procedures, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. The costs of these treatments can be enormous, financially handicapping the patient's family. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, we understand the physical and emotional pain placed on patients who have had their cancer misdiagnosed. As a result, we are committed doing everything in our power to make their road to recovery easier by pursuing maximum compensation for the unnecessary damages they may have suffered.
The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool are giving free consultations to patients who have had their cancer misdiagnosed. To see if you may be able to recover compensation in a lawsuit, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online.