Receiving a bone cancer diagnosis is a very emotional event. You may be struck by extreme sadness, worrying about what this diagnosis will mean for your future and for your family. You may also feel frightened as you learn about the different treatments and surgeries you may have to undergo in order to beat this disease.
Cancer is a disease that can have a wide range of effects for different people. While for some people cancer can be managed relatively quickly, for others treating cancer may be an ongoing process with varying results. Fortunately, over the past decades, the treatments available for many different kinds of cancer have improved significantly. A cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, and with the right team of doctors and treatments, you may have a good chance of returning to your normal life.
However, your health can only improve with the treatment that is best suited for your type of cancer. When a doctor fails to provide the correct diagnosis for your cancer, the consequences are severe and can seriously impact your ability to recover and return to a normal life.
If a doctor misdiagnosed your bone cancer, you should not have to pay for that doctor’s incompetence and failure to perform their job. This mistake may not only have cost you additional money for incorrect treatment, but it also prevented you from getting the swift and proper care you need to manage this disease.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for the pain, suffering, and monetary losses you have experienced as a result of a misdiagnosis. The medical malpractice attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP are prepared to help you fight for the compensation that you need. Contact us today at (617) 426-4488 to begin work on your case
Statistics about Bone Cancer
The American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2019 alone, 3,500 new cases of bone cancer are likely to be diagnosed. Bone cancer is a very deadly form of cancer and in a single year bone cancer may lead to 1,660 deaths. The mortality rate for this disease is relatively high because there are still no early detection methods that are effective in detecting bone cancer. Doctors must rely on understanding the patient’s symptoms and use that information to make an accurate diagnosis
Although bone cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer, it is also relatively rare, accounting for only 0.2% of all cancers diagnosed. If the doctor who provided your diagnosis is not knowledgeable about bone cancer, they may not know the signs and symptoms to look for when diagnosing this type of cancer.
Additionally, even if your doctor was knowledgeable about bone cancer, they may have overlooked this diagnosis because of the rarity of the disease. These cases provide examples of negligent or unprofessional actions that can lead a doctor to misdiagnose bone cancer.
Although it may be rare, this form of cancer is extremely serious and it is essential that you receive an accurate diagnosis quickly, before cancer can spread. You need to be able to rely on your doctor to provide you with this diagnosis so that you can begin the proper treatment and increase your chances of recovery. If your doctor has failed to do their job, risking your health and even your life in the process, they must be held accountable for their actions.
Why You Need an Attorney
If your doctor misdiagnosed your bone cancer, it is essential that you work with a skilled malpractice attorney in order to receive the justice that you deserve. You and your loved ones are already facing the financial, emotional, mental, and physical stress of cancer treatment, so you should not have to manage the additional stress of trying to organize and execute a legal case as well.
An attorney can help remove this source of stress from your life by providing expert legal counsel, developing your case, and advocating for you in court. They are prepared to take the necessary steps to help you win your case, spending their time working to help you receive the best possible compensation. With an attorney at your side, you will not have to spend your valuable time navigating the legal field. Instead, you will be able to focus on what matters most: your health and your loved ones.
Why Choose Us?
At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, we understand the impact that this cancer misdiagnosis has on your life and we know how important it is for you to receive the greatest possible compensation. In order to ensure that we offer you the best advice and develop a strong case, we will assign your case to a team of professionals, who will each use their individual expertise to support you.
When our attorneys work together on your case, we are able to provide you with the best possible service, by using each of our strengths to help you. One person alone cannot always see every possible scenario or understand the best course of action. Our team approach is unique to Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, and it allows us to provide high quality and comprehensive legal counsel that fits our clients’ needs.
Bone cancer falls under a broader category of cancers known as sarcomas. This type of cancer begins in the structural parts of the body, such as the bones, and the connective portions of the body called the soft tissue. Therefore, a sarcoma may be a cancerous growth or tumor that begins in the bones, tendons, nerves, muscles, or blood vessels. If you have been diagnosed with a sarcoma, the treatment you receive will depend on the location of the body where cancer began growing and the type of body tissue affected.
Many different types of cancer, if they are not recognized and treated quickly, may spread to other parts of the body, including the bones. However, if a cancer is diagnosed as bone cancer, this means that the tumorous or diseased growth began in the bones. This differentiation is essential for determining the appropriate treatment of your cancer.
Typically, bone cancer will begin in the longest bones of the arms or legs, or it will begin in the bones of the pelvis. Although these are the most common areas of the body for bone cancer, any type of bone can form a cancerous growth, and doctors must be able to recognize the symptoms that are indicative of this disease in any part of the body. Some of the most common symptoms of bone cancer include:
- Pain on or around the bone that cannot be treated with typical pain medication
- Pain in your bone that gets worse at night or comes and goes throughout the day
- Swelling in the area near the bone
- An increased number of bone fractures or weakness in your limbs
- Feeling excessively tired
- Losing weight unexpectedly
Any of these symptoms may indicate a serious condition, such as bone cancer or another time of sarcoma. It is essential that your doctor takes these symptoms seriously and provides the appropriate testing to understand your symptoms. This is especially true if you have a family history of cancer, have received radiation therapy previously, or if you have recently been exposed to certain chemicals or viruses. If your doctor has disregarded these symptoms, they may have failed to perform their job, and they may also have failed to diagnose a potentially life-threatening disease.
Risks of Misdiagnosis
If you or a loved one received a cancer misdiagnosis, especially if this led to a delay in receiving appropriate treatment, you may be experiencing serious pain and other problems as a result. Although cancer treatment has become more effective in recent years, one of the most important factors determining if a treatment will be effective is an early diagnosis.
A late or incorrect diagnosis of bone cancer may increase your chances of:
- Cancer increasing in severity
- Amputation as treatment
- Cancer spreading to other areas of the body
- Cancer that is less responsive to treatment
- Untreatable or inoperable cancer
- Significantly reduced survival rate
These risks involved in a bone cancer misdiagnosis may seriously impact your ability to live a normal life after treatment. This is especially true if you require extreme treatment intervention, or if your cancer is no longer manageable and may require you to enter hospice treatment and ultimately succumb to this disease.
Although bone cancer is a serious and dangerous disease, even when caught early and treated appropriately, you should not have to experience the worst case possible with your disease because of your doctor’s actions.
You have to be able to trust your doctors to offer the best possible advice and treatment. If they are unable to do this, they should not be working in the medical field, and it is important that they take responsibility for their failures.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a bone cancer misdiagnosis, you need the expertise of a skilled legal team to make this situation right. Crowe & Mulvey, LLP is dedicated to providing unparalleled service to you during this extremely difficult and emotional time. We are ready to fight for you and help you receive the compensation you need. To learn more about our team or to discuss your case with one of our attorneys, contact us today at (617) 426-4488.