In any cancer misdiagnosis case, the patient must prove that the healthcare provider failed to take the steps necessary to start on a path to diagnosing the cancer, and the patient must prove that had the cancer been diagnosed earlier his treatment options and ultimate care and prognosis would have been substantially different. We often see cases where it is clear that a cancer has been missed, but the time delay to the actual diagnosis of the cancer is so short that the treatment would have been exactly the same.
In colon and rectal cancer, the simplest screening test is testing of the stool to detect tiny amounts of invisible blood. This is called fecal occult blood testing.
This test has been available for many years, and it is simple and inexpensive. Fecal occult blood testing that is positive for the presence of bleeding should be further investigated by a qualified physician.
Colorectal cancer is a silent disease, because many people do not develop symptoms such as bleeding or abdominal pain until the cancer is difficult to cure. In fact the possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only about 50 percent. On the other hand, if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure is 80 percent or better. Most colon cancers start as non cancerous growths called polyps. If the polyps are removed, then the cancer may be prevented. Major surgery can usually be avoided.
Do you have a medical malpractice case that you would like to talk about with an attorney? Call (703)584-7277 or fill out a contact form.
Disclaimer: Please don't rely on this site (or any site) for medical advice. If you have a legal question, ask a lawyer by calling us at (703)584-7277. If you have a medical question, ask a doctor.