Sometimes in the process of a typical medical examination, a lump or suspicious growth may be detected by a doctor. While a patient in Illinois may have noticed the growth themselves, diagnosing definitive cancer may require additional testing and monitoring.
A suspicious lump in the human body is often the result of a growth of tissue called a tumor. Any tumor may be benign or malignant, which means that it may be largely self-contained and harmless, or it may be prone to spread, invade other body systems and cause serious harm to the person's health, respectively. Once the tumor has been detected, a sample is taken from it using medical equipment. The procedure to retrieve the sample is known as a biopsy.
The biopsy sample is taken to a laboratory where it is examined by qualified technicians. This examination is often carried out under a microscope, where the technician visually inspects the sample for signs that indicate its potential growth pattern. They may also use DNA or RNA tests to try to determine the true nature of their biopsy specimen. Protein tests may be of use when searching for cancerous cells.
The consequences for missing a cancerous growth or misdiagnosing it may be immense. The life of the patient is at risk, and the process of recuperation from a successful battle with cancer may be extraordinarily arduous. Since malignant cancer may spread rapidly, a delayed diagnosis has the potential to be acutely harmful to the patient's health and well-being. An attorney may be able to help anyone who has been injured due to such oversights and errors on the part of a medical professional, as they may be familiar with the most effective methods of obtaining compensation.
Source: American Cancer Society , "How is cancer diagnosed?", November 26, 2014