Medical advancements increase life expectancy for millions of people each year for a variety of illnesses and ailments, including some cancers. This is true of those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. If the diagnosis is made in time, the chance of survival increases dramatically. However, a doctor's failure to diagnose it in time could close that window rapidly, and an Illinois patient could be left facing an uphill battle that might not be won.
There are often several chances for an Illinois doctor to diagnose breast cancer. Finding a lump could prompt follow up tests that can either confirm or rule out cancer. If a doctor fails to order the necessary testing, the lump could grow and the cancer could spread.
Many women have mammograms that are somehow misread or dismissed as a simple spot on the film. The results of either an aspiration or excision biopsy could be read incorrectly or not done at all. Any of these errors could potentially delay a correct and timely diagnosis, which could potentially limit the treatment options available once the cancer is diagnosed.
If you believe that your doctor had ample chance to diagnose your breast cancer earlier, you might benefit from talking to an attorney. A failure to diagnose your condition in a timely manner could become the basis for a medical malpractice claim if your survival chances and available treatments were diminished by a doctor's error. Your attorney will most likely conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your care and help you determine the best course of action.