The key to beating cancer is early diagnosis. Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis may cause the cancer to advance and worsen, thus reducing, or even eliminating, a patient’s chance for survival If the cancer is allowed to spread without necessary treatment, the chance for a cure diminishes and the risk of significant harm increases.
Any mass or a lump in your breast should be investigated by your doctor immediately. Since a mass or lump can be either benign or malignant, testing is essential. The most common test used by doctors is mammography.
Mammography may detect tumors that are very small, even too small to be detected during an examination of the breast. Even though mammograms are highly useful in detecting cancer of the breast, as many as 10% of cancers of the breast remain undetected by mammograms. If the mammogram is reported as negative, but the mass or lump continues to be present, a biopsy may be needed.
If cancer is present, several surgical treatments are available. For small, well defined cancers a lumpectomy which removes the tumor and some of the surrounding tissues may be performed. A surgeon may also perform a partial mastectomy, a total mastectomy or a modified radical mastectomy. To prevent reoccurrence of breast cancer, radiation or chemotherapy may be recommended by your doctor. The extent of treatment is dictated by the stage that the cancer is diagnosed in.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The survival rate has improved but, as with any cancer, early diagnosis is the key to a good outcome.
If you or a loved one have been harmed as a result of a misdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis, or failure to diagnose breast cancer due to medical malpractice, Bonina and Bonina, P.C., has successfully fought for New Yorkers injured by medical errors such as misdiagnosis for over 50 years. Our experienced trial attorneys offer the necessary assistance to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at 1-888-MedLaw1 or online so we may help you. The consultation is free. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla espaňol.