Cancer Misdiagnosis

Failure to Diagnose Rectal Cancer Lawsuit Ends in Beneficial Settlement

The medical malpractice attorneys of Marciano & MacAvoy, P.C. have secured a favorable settlement for another client. In this case, our client suffered from rectal cancer, which his own doctor failed to diagnose. To make matters worse, our client asked several times for his doctor to approve a colonoscopy to check for cancer or other issues, …

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis Delayed In Women With “Non-Lump” Symptoms

Nearly 1 in 6 women with breast cancer don’t present with a lump, according to new research from England. That may not sound like a high percentage, but women with non-lump cancer symptoms are also less likely to visit a doctor at the earliest possible date. Women who do notice an unusual lump, on the other hand, …

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What Is Diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a gastrointestinal disorder involving diverticula, pouches or pockets that can begin to form in the walls of the colon. When these pouches aren’t inflamed, the condition is known as diverticulosis. It becomes diverticulitis after the diverticula become infected or inflamed. Inflammation is what caused diverticulitis pain. Inflamed diverticula can be very painful, beyond …

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Misdiagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Is Colon Cancer Being Mistaken For IBS?

Medical researchers have begun to express concerns over an “epidemic” of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Between 10% and 15% of patients may have the gastrointestinal condition, which causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating and other unpleasant symptoms. But some researchers think IBS is being over-diagnosed, with doctors missing more severe medical conditions – including colon cancer – in the …

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Can Diverticulitis Cause Cancer?

In the United States, more than 30% of people over the age of 50 will develop diverticulosis, a condition marked by small pouches in the colon wall. While the disorder can lead to undesirable side effects, like inflammation, bleeding and constipation, diverticulosis does not appear to cause colon cancer. Diverticulosis & Colon Cancer Diverticulosis is characterized by small bulges …

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Hemorrhoids Or Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer and hemorrhoids often present with the same symptoms. Without additional testing, the two conditions can be indistinguishable from one another. In fact, around 90% of patients with colon or rectal cancer initially believe they have a case of hemorrhoids, according to StopColonCancerNow.com. But this confusion isn’t limited to laypeople. Even extremely skilled physicians can mistake a …

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What Are the Signs of Colon Cancer?

Many patients won’t experience any symptoms in the early stages of colorectal cancer, which is why receiving routine screenings is so important. Colon Cancer Symptoms Not every colon tumor strikes without symptoms, however. Local signs and symptoms are caused by a cancer’s direct effect on the rectum or colon: change in bowel habits, like diarrhea or …

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Bacteria, Blood & Genes: 3 New Ways To Diagnose Colon Cancer

In its early stages, colon cancer doesn’t always cause symptoms, making proactive diagnosis difficult. While some patients will experience rectal bleeding, or changes in their bowel habits, most people are diagnosed on the basis of a routine colonoscopy – prior to the appearance of any symptoms. To make matters more difficult, colon cancer’s early warning …

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Delayed Colon Cancer Diagnosis: When Is It Malpractice?

When doctors make mistakes, it’s not always medical malpractice. The law doesn’t hold physicians accountable for every error. Medicine, after all, is an imperfect science, especially when it comes to accurately diagnosing colon cancer. That can be true even when a doctor’s mistake causes demonstrable harm. Medical Malpractice & Delayed Diagnosis We can’t expect perfection from …

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