Prostate Cancer is the most common solid malignancy in men. There are over 325,000 cases diagnosed each year. This year over 40,000 Americans will die from this disease, some of them needlessly. Standard of care includes digital rectal examinations to palpate for malignancy and having blood work to assess the prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels. Other diagnostic tools such as a transrectal ultrasonography are also available. Your doctor owes you the advantage of timely examinations and the latest diagnostic tools. The failure to timely diagnose and treat prostate cancer could mean the difference between life and death.
Some prostate symptoms include urinary hesitancy such as a delayed or slowed start of urinary stream, urinary dribbling, especially immediately after urinating, urinary retention, pain with urination, pain with ejaculation and low back pain.
With the advent of PSA testing and digital screening, most prostate cancers are now found before they cause symptoms.
Prostate cancer malpractice can include any or all of the following negligent inactions by your doctor:
- Not monitoring patients with a family history of prostate cancer
- Not screening white males over age 50
- Not screening African American males over age 40
- Failing to perform a prostate examination or PSA blood test
- Failing to identify a cancerous mass during a prostate examination
- Ignoring patient's symptoms of prostate cancer
- Failing to perform a biopsy when prostate test results are not normal
- Ignoring PSA blood test or biopsy results
- Failing to follow-up with the patient
The failure to timely diagnose and treat prostate cancer could mean the difference between having to undergo minimally invasive treatment to more radical surgery or even premature death.
If you believe your doctor may have delayed the diagnosis and/or treatment for prostate 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.