Cancer claims millions of lives every year. Unfortunately, many people don't receive a fast and accurate diagnosis, thus making it more difficult for them to successfully fight the disease.
If you suspect a cancer misdiagnosis, it's important to take the following steps:
- Discuss your concerns with your doctor: Even if they're putting you off, make it clear that you believe something is wrong. You have the right to push back, even if your doctor diagnoses you with a less serious disease.
- Seek a second opinion: Your current doctor isn't the only one you can rely on. It's okay to seek a second and maybe even a third opinion. The more doctors you consult with, the better you'll understand your situation.
- Keep copies of everything: From your medical records to lab results to pathology reports, every bit of data and information is important.
If you eventually come to find that you have cancer, work with your medical team as they determine the best treatment plan. You don't want to wait a single day to take action, as immediate treatment increases your chance of beating the disease.
When possible, review the reason for your misdiagnosis and the steps you can take to protect your legal rights. For example, you may be able to take action against the doctor who made the wrong diagnosis.
While your health and well-being are more important than anything else, don't turn a blind eye to the doctor who made a mistake. It's within your rights to seek compensation for the misdiagnosis and the harm it caused you.