Cancer is a disease that has touched millions of Americans. It is likely
at some point in our lives we will have a family member or friend have
some type of cancer. But, as medical technology improves, it is easier
than ever to identify cancer-- and, when cancer is discovered late or
misdiagnosed and, by extension mistreated, you might wonder whether malpractice or
medical negligence was at play.
Also known as renal cell carcinoma (RCC), this cancer presents in blood
in urine, flank pain, malaise, anemia, and fatigue. These symptoms usually
indicate a more advanced cancer and may also mimic those of kidney infections.
RCC is asymptomatic in its early stages, and is usually detected during
Fatigue is the main symptom of testicular cancer, along with low back pain.
A testicular lump and swollen scrotum are common symptoms as well. This
cancer is often found or suspected during physical examinations. Testicular
cancer has a remarkably high
survival rate, hovering around 97% if timely diagnosed and treated.
Thyroid cancer presents in mild and easy-to-miss symptoms, including neck
pain, a lump at the base of the neck, trouble swallowing, and voice changes
(hoarseness). The 5 year survival rate for thyroid cancer is about 98%.
Thyroid cancer can be misdiagnosed for Graves Disease, thyroid disorders,and
The main symptoms of bladder cancer are blood in urine and pain during
urination. These symptoms mimic urinary tract infections, bladder infections,
STDs, and inflamation of the bladder, which are often treatable with antibiotics.
Esophageal cancer is typically detected in later stages, well after the
cancer has progressed. Symptoms include indigestion, heartburn, difficulty
swallowing, pain behind breastbone, and vomiting. This condition may be
misdiagnosed as heartburn or other less serious conditions. It is particularly
important to spot this kind of cancer early on.
Symptoms of colon cancer include changes in bowel habits, constipation,
narrow stools, blood in stool, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Colon
cancer may be misdiagnosed as IBS or ulcerative colitis, both of which
are chronic conditions. Colon cancer can be readily detected with routine
Contrary to popular belief, headache is not always a sign of brain cancer,
and more-common symptoms such as muscle weakness, nausea, inability to
speak or understand language, , seizures, and blurred vision. Some of
the symptoms of brain cancers and tumors align with stroke and epilepsy.
Overall, cancer is a rare illness, and doctors may forgo tests and screenings
in favor of waiting things out in case the symptoms are caused by other
temporary illnesses. Another scenario involves doctors misreading cancer
screenings. Either way, both instances of neglect can drastically lower
a patient’s quality of life and prolong costly cancer treatment.
If you feel that there was a delay or misdiagnosis by a medical professional,
the medical malpractice law firm of Pegalis & Erickson, LLC can help
you get answers to your questions. For more information, call us at
866-633-6257 or visit our