One of the most effective ways to beat cancer in its many forms is getting an early diagnosis followed by immediate treatment. Unfortunately, some cancers are infamously hard to diagnose in their early stages.
When doctors fail to diagnose cancers correctly, several things can happen:
- You will not receive the recommended treatment for your specific cancer
- You risk participation in dangerous treatment procedures that do not help (chemo, radiation, etc.)
- Your cancer could get much worse
- You could experience debilitating complications (from cancer or unnecessary treatments)
It is safe to assume that most doctors in Las Vegas work hard to deliver a correct diagnosis as early as possible. However, since many cancers present diagnostic challenges, you risk not getting an accurate assessment of your condition.
Which forms of cancer are hard to diagnose?
Pancreatic cancer is notably hard to diagnose, but other cancers also present diagnostic difficulties. Five other cancers that are difficult to diagnose include the following:
- Non-small cell lung cancer presents few symptoms in its early stages
- Early-stage ovarian cancer also manifests very few symptoms
- Cancerous kidney tumors usually occur deep within the tissue, making the condition elusive to detect
- Cancerous liver tumors are also hard to discover because of their location and typically small size
- Signs of brain cancer usually only manifest during its late stages
Members of the healthcare profession have a responsibility to dig deep when searching for the source of patient discomfort. When they do not do so, the failure to diagnose cancer accurately can lead to a severely worsened condition or death. If you believe your cancer got worse because of a failure to diagnose, learning about the medical malpractice laws in Nevada can help you acquire the compensation you need and deserve.