Delayed Diagnosis of Metastatic Cancer

What Is Metastatic Cancer?

The deadliness of cancer lies in its ability to spread throughout the body and invade multiple tissues. Metastatic cancer (also known as “stage four” cancer) is a cancer which has developed to the point that has spread or is spreading throughout the body. Once a cancer is in metastasis, it invades the lymphatic and circulatory systems, creating active, growing tumors in various parts of the body.

During metastasis, affected persons typically begin to experience unpleasant symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fractures
  • Jaundice
  • Severe headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Swollen abdomen

When Metastatic Cancer Can No Longer Be Stopped

When cancer is detected in the earlier stages, metastasis can sometimes be prevented and physicians may be able to prevent cancer from spreading to other areas of the body. However, once cancer has spread to various tissues, organs, and systems within the body, it can be very difficult to control.

Doctors may inadvertently allow cancer to develop to stage four/metastasis by failing to detect it earlier or treat it more promptly. Patients who experience such delayed diagnoses may experience increased medical costs to themselves and their loved ones, reduced likelihood of survival, shortened lifespan, and other painful damages.

When this occurs, doctors may be guilty of medical malpractice and it may be helpful to bring in a legal professional who can provide wise counsel and guidance for affected persons and their loved ones.

We Represent People Who Have Suffered Due to Delayed Cancer Diagnosis

At Golomb & Honik, P.C., we represent individuals and their families who have experienced suffering and loss due to slow, inattentive, or otherwise inappropriate action by a physician. We serve people who have been harmed through inaccurate or delayed diagnoses and have helped many clients recover compensation proportionate to the damages they have experienced.

Call (215) 278-4449 now to speak to a medical malpractice attorney in Philadelphia.

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