Oncology Malpractice: What You Need To Know
Due to both the deadliness intrinsic to the disease and to the radical ways in which it must be treated, cancer is one of the most urgent and devastating illnesses we may face in our lives, and oncology, or the study and treatment of cancer, one of the most pressing fields of medicine. However, oncologists are like physicians of any kind – they can make medical malpractice mistakes. This unfortunate reality can manifest itself in anything from small blunders to major errors that can cost the patient money, time, or a chance at survival. Regardless of the outcome, these bigger mistakes are inexcusable.
Medical malpractice is a claim someone can file in the event they believe their doctor has been negligent in their duties. While not limited to oncologists, oncology makes up a specific subset of the overall malpractice field, and is generally employed regarding late or failed diagnoses. When it comes to catching tumors and cancer, time is absolutely of the essence. A late diagnosis can put your life in jeopardy, and is therefore, in the case of gross negligence by a physician, likely grounds for a malpractice suit.
If you or a loved one have been the victims of an oncologist’s mistake, throwing your lives into uncertainty and your finances into trouble, reach out to a lawyer with experience in the field of oncology malpractice to go over your legal options.
Where The Oncologists Went Wrong
Cancer is a medical condition which has over a hundred different forms that are distinguished based off their organ of origin (lung cancer in the lungs, pancreatic cancer in the pancreas, liver cancer in the liver, etc.). Various diagnostic tests are used to detect and observe tumors that arise in the body, to see if the tumors are benign (safe) or metastasized (cancerous).
Oncologists then track these tumors, to see if and how they are spreading, and then recommend various treatment options depending on the development, stage, and location of the tumors. These treatment options can include surgery to remove the tumors, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Due to the complexities inherent in the field, mistakes can be made, from the time of diagnosis to even the time of treatment. These mistakes can be range from slightly to very dangerous for the patient, and can include: