Failure to Diagnose and Treat Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer or renal cancer can be difficult to diagnose because some symptoms mimic those of other illnesses. For example, a physician might diagnose kidney infections, cysts and benign tumors instead of identifying cancer. This can result in a significant delay in treating the real condition — cancer of the kidneys. Failing to promptly treat this condition can result in cancer cells spreading to other organs, decreasing the patient's quality of life and increasing the probability of death.

Diagnosing Kidney Cancer

Blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and other tests are diagnostic tools at the disposal of physicians. Screening for kidney cancer allows a physician to either rule it out or begin treatment at an early stage. When a patient's cancer remains undiagnosed and untreated because a doctor failed to screen for it by ordering the appropriate tests, the doctor may be liable for damages.

Examples of Negligence in Kidney Cancer Cases

Failure to diagnose cancer can harm a patient's prognosis. We advocate for clients whose cancer was undiagnosed when a physician:

  • Failed to order tests that could rule out cancer
  • Misread the diagnostic test results from X-rays or an MRI
  • Failed to order a biopsy when tests were inconclusive

The Danger of a Delayed Kidney Cancer Diagnosis

When kidney cancer is caught in the early stages, survival rates are as high as 92 percent. Even if a whole kidney must be removed, patients can live long and healthy lives with one functional kidney. Unfortunately, a failed diagnosis can mean patients do not receive proper care until the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs. If the cancer progresses, survival rates can drop dramatically.

Free Consultation — Contact Us Today

If you believe that there was a failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis of kidney cancer, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online. Time is of the essence because if a case is not timely pursued, you may be barred from pursuing a claim. Consultations are always free and you will never be responsible for any legal fees unless we are able to recover compensation for you.