Ovarian cancer is frequently called the “silent killer” as few women know that they have it. Everyone knows that a lump in the breast is a warning sign of breast cancer, but there are no real signs that point specifically to ovarian cancer. There are some indications, but they are not commonly known, and they do not raise many red flags. Gastrointestinal upset, abdominal bloating, and back pain are the most significant indicators of cancer growth in the reproductive system. Unfortunately, this disease is usually not detected until it has reached an advanced stage where treatment is difficult.
The Medical Community Is Quick To Label Incorrectly
Doctors are quick to dismiss chronic back pain for misalignment issues or a urinary tract infection. It is estimated that 30 percent of all patients receive an incorrect diagnosis when they actually have cancer in the reproductive system. They are often told they are under stress, depressed, or have irritable bowel syndrome. A study was conducted in 2011 by the American Cancer Society. They interviewed 1,700 women with end stage ovarian cancer. The study found that 95 percent of women did experience some symptoms. Many of them specified pelvic pain and pain with intercourse. Yet, more than 50 percent were sent away with an inaccurate diagnosis from their primary care physician. For 11 percent of those woman, it allowed their condition to advance while they waited for their depression or stress to decrease.
Early Detection is Key
Because of the severity of this condition, the key to beating the disease is early detection. Both ovarian and cervical cancer both have similar characteristics and symptoms. Proper testing is vital to providing an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. The most common tests used in these diagnoses are blood tests, ultrasound, laparoscopy, and an MRI. Unfortunately, doctors often fail to order these tests, or the radiologist may misread the films if the doctor does order them. Any of these things can cause a delay in a patient’s diagnosis. Any postponements in diagnosing this cancer can be fatal. Patients must become their own advocate at times. They know their bodies better than anyone. If something does not feel right, it is important to keep pushing until there are answers.
Getting Legal Help
If you or a loved one’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer was delayed or misdiagnosed due to negligence, you may have a case. Our New York law firm has physicians and nurses that can help us to review your case. We do not take these cases blindly, we have the expertise for us to win. To ensure our clients get the compensation they richly deserve, we conduct exhaustive investigations. We employ the most qualified experts to use their knowledge to help us. If a doctor has failed to diagnose any type of female cancer by neglectful actions, we use both ovarian and cervical cancer specialists to help evaluate the circumstances. If it was an error that occurs due to a misread ultrasound, then we will use an ultrasound expert to help. No amount of money can ever repay sickness or the loss of a life, but it can help cover medical bills as well as pain and suffering.
The state of New York has a statute of limitations on how long you have to file a case. We want to try to help you collect lost wages, care costs, and any other monetary expenditures you have incurred. If your cancer of the cervix or ovaries was undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, please call us today to discuss your possible case.