When a doctor doesn’t catch a patient’s prostate cancer, the patient’s life is at stake. This is because a misdiagnosis can prevent proper treatment and allow the cancer to grow. Often, by the time serious symptoms evidence themselves, it has become too late to treat the cancer successfully. The patient may be terminally ill because the window for catching and responding to the disease has closed. Patients or loved ones of patients who have suffered a delay in diagnosing prostate cancer can file a prostate cancer lawsuit.
Uniquely positioned to handle medical malpractice cases, Ross Feller Casey is a firm with a team of nationally recognized doctors right on staff. The prostate cancer malpractice lawyers at Ross Feller Casey have won multiple multimillion-dollar lawsuits involving the misdiagnosis and failure to properly treat cancer patients. Based in Philadelphia, the prostate cancer attorneys of Ross Feller Casey are available to help misdiagnosed prostate cancer patients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Because early forms of prostate cancer typically do not show symptoms, early detection is crucial. Below are the primary methods for diagnosing prostate cancer:
Physical Exam. If a doctor suspects a patient may have prostate cancer, the first step is usually asking about medical history and performing a physical exam. The doctor will conduct a digital rectal exam (DRE) to feel for any bumps or hard areas on the prostate. If any irregularities are detected, further testing is warranted. If your doctor did not perform a DRE, or did perform a DRE but then stopped testing at that point, it may have prevented appropriate diagnosis.
PSA Blood Test. Known as the test for detecting prostate cancer early, the PSA blood test is one of the first screenings done for men who have any prostate cancer symptoms. High numbers indicate a higher likelihood of prostate cancer. If your doctor did not conduct PSA blood testing despite warning signs for prostate cancer, or if he or she conducted the test but disregarded high numbers, you may have a case of prostate cancer malpractice.
Prostate Biopsy. If PSA blood testing and/or a DRE show potential for prostate cancer, this biopsy is necessary to find out if cancer is at work. If a prostate biopsy could have confirmed a cancer diagnosis but your doctor did not order one, you might need to consult with an attorney.
Are you wondering: How do I find a prostate cancer lawyer near me?
The prostate cancer misdiagnosis attorneys at Ross Feller Casey can help you understand your legal options, whether it was you or someone you love who suffered a delay in treatment as a result of medical malpractice.
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