How an Early Cancer Diagnosis Benefits New York Cancer Patients

Many types of cancer are easier to treat and result in a better prognosis than they did just a few decades ago. However, the benefits of treatment and the joys of a better prognosis are only available for those who are properly diagnosed. The failure to diagnose cancer in New York or New Jersey may, therefore, be a form of medical malpractice when a doctor fails to act with reasonable care and a patient is harmed as a result.

Benefits of an Early Cancer Diagnosis

Simply put, the early detection of cancer may save your life. That is the single biggest benefit to an early diagnosis. However, there are also other benefits of an early diagnosis for many forms of cancer including:
  • More treatment options. Early detection may mean that there are more treatment options available and that the patient has more control over the course of treatment.
  • Less invasive treatment. Treatment for some types of cancer may be less invasive. A patient may be able to avoid surgery or long periods of chemotherapy or radiation if the cancer is detected early.
  • Better quality of life during treatment. Lower doses of radiation and chemotherapy and less invasive surgery can lead to a better quality of life during treatment. Less time may be missed from work and social activities when cancer is detected early. 

Contact a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney if a Doctor's Failure to Diagnose Cancer Caused You Harm

Whether your doctor failed to diagnose your cancer or misdiagnosed your cancer, you may be entitled to damages if the medical mistake was a result of negligence. Damages may include compensation for the medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering that you endured as a result of the failure to properly diagnose your cancer. For more information about your potential recovery call a New York medical malpractice lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911 today.

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