A diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing event with far-reaching impacts on the patient, and their family, friends, and community. Sadly, cancer is commonplace in our society, with roughly 5,000 Americans diagnosed every day. Cancer patients suddenly find themselves in a race against the clock, working with doctors to stop the spread of cancer, eliminate it from their bodies, and keep it from returning.
But what happens when a doctor fails to diagnose cancer in a timely manner? What if he or she misses symptoms and signs that should have been obvious?
The consequences can be tragic. In a critical period where every day counts, a failure to timely diagnose cancer robs the patient of the ability to seek effective and timely treatment while the condition is still manageable. It can literally mean the difference between life and death.