Most cancer malpractice centers around delays. The delay in diagnosis at a lower stage results in delays in treatment, so the cancer is allowed to grow and spread and reach a higher stage. By that point, it becomes much harder to treat.
This loss of opportunity can significantly reduce the life expectancy of a cancer patient.
This applies to almost all cancers:
- and more.
Cancer malpractice can be committed by multiple kinds of doctors:
- a radiologist who missed a tumor on a prior scan;
- a primary care doctor who didn't order a colonoscopy;
- a pathologist who missed an important finding in biopsied tissue.