In a best-case scenario, cervical cancer is often preventable. There are certain precancerous changes called dysplasia that can typically be detected by Pap smears during regular pelvic examinations. When dysplasia is detected and treated promptly, treatment often succeeds with minimal invasion to the patient.
Too often, however, doctors make errors when interpreting Pap smears. These errors may allow cervical or uterine cancer to progress to a stage that requires more aggressive and invasive treatment. In some cases, cancer may be diagnosed too late to be treatable at all.
When Cervical Cancer Goes Undiagnosed
Delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer can cause severe problems, including advancement of the cancer to an inoperable stage, intense pain, scarring and disfigurement, loss of reproductive organs, and death. It can also require more aggressive treatment, which makes the patient vulnerable to additional medical errors.
If you or a loved one has suffered from or died of cervical cancer as a result of a delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis, call 315-479-9000 to schedule a free consultation with the medical malpractice attorneys from DeFrancisco & Falgiatano.
How Is Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosed?
Your doctor may have made a negligent error in your diagnosis if he or she:
- Failed to get your complete medical history
- Failed to conduct a thorough physical exam
- Failed to identify early warning signs
- Failed to recognize existing symptoms — which may include unusual vaginal discharge or odor, abnormal vaginal bleeding, blood in urine, bladder symptoms, bowel symptoms, pelvic pain, blood in stool and pain during sex
- Failed to communicate with you clearly and provide follow-up
- Failed to recommend appropriate tests or screenings
- Failed to refer you to a specialist who could have helped
- Mishandled or misread Pap smears and other tests
- Failed to communicate effectively with other doctors, testing laboratories or other parties
The failure to timely diagnose and treat cervical cancer could mean the difference between having to undergo minimally invasive treatment and more radical surgery or even premature death.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you believe your doctor may have delayed diagnosis and/or treatment of cervical cancer, please contact the attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers in New York for a free consultation. Call 315-479-9000 or contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments as well as home and hospital visits.