One of the most common medical malpractice compensation claims is a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis of prostate cancer. Regrettably, this happens all too often and can have serious consequences as prompt treatment is critical to a successful recovery. Any time there is a delay in treatment, the chance of survival diminishes. If you have been a victim you should seek help and advice from a medical malpractice lawyer.
There are many reasons that a doctor or other medical professional could be negligent resulting in a medical malpractice compensation claim which includes the following:
Failure to order the necessary antigen test for prostate screening: The PSA test is one of the best indicators of prostate cancer or other abnormalities. This test should be ordered whenever there is a suspicion of cancer, as well as part of a routine examination for older men.
Failure to acknowledge or act upon PSA levels that are elevated or abnormal: PSA test results need to be taken seriously.
Failure to order or carry out a digital rectal examination: One of the best preliminary tests for prostate cancer.
Failure to acknowledge or act upon a digital rectal examination that appears to be abnormal: Dismissing abnormalities that appear in the exam can cause cancer to spread.
Failure to consult with or refer the patient to an oncologist, urologist or other specialist: These specialists can order precise tests to verify preliminary results as well as prescribe effective treatments.
Failure to prescribe necessary treatment programs: Treatment for prostate cancer is most successful when started as soon as possible.
Failure to notify the patient regarding test results that may come back abnormal: A medical professional may decide to wait and re-test at a later date, without giving the information to the patient. The patient is then not aware of a potential risk and would not know to seek a second test.
Failure to arrange follow-up appointments with the patient: Even small abnormalities should be monitored on a regular basis to make sure any changes are acted upon promptly.
Failure to order a biopsy to follow-up with test results that appear to be abnormal following a physical examination or blood test: PSA blood test results and physical examinations are two of the most efficient diagnostic tools. Biopsies should be ordered immediately following any abnormal findings.
Complications of prostate surgery include:
Injury to the ureter;
Injury to the urinary sphincter;