• Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Could Lung Cancers Have Been Misdiagnosed as COVID-19?

    Posted on November 16th, 2020 admin No comments

    The COVID-19 crisis has shaken the world to its core. It’s changed daily life – transformed our work environments, reshaped how we learn, and socialize.

    And now it’s even changed how cancer misdiagnosis lawyers Cleveland will approach their cases. A recent study says as much as some lung cancers may have been misdiagnosed as COVID cases during the pandemic.

    Sky News reports:

    “A cough is a symptom for both illnesses, meaning some patients who could have lung cancer were told to stay home for fear they had coronavirus.”

    “They were therefore being diagnosed at a later stage, significantly damaging their survival chances.”

    COVID has led to a rise of misdiagnoses in cancer patients.

    “GPs are likely to misdiagnose early lung cancer symptoms as COVID-19 because of the large number of COVID-19 cases,” states a recent report from the UK Lung Cancer Coalition.

    “At least a third of patients with lung cancer have already died since the beginning of the pandemic,” states Professor David Baldwin, respiratory medicine consultant at the University of Nottingham. “Some deaths will not have been recognized as lung cancer and may have even been labeled as COVID-19.”

    Still a Deadly Disease

    COVID is a deadly disease, on track to becoming the third deadliest disease in America this year. But cancer is also a deadly disease – the second deadliest disease in America, responsible for nearly 600,000 deaths in 2018. If you or someone you love have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, call us today for a free consultation with one of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyers.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: 10% of Cancers Misdiagnosed

    Posted on October 16th, 2020 admin No comments

    Unless they are cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland themselves, most people look at a misdiagnosis in cancer as the exception to the rule: a rare anomaly, like getting struck by lightning. It happens, but not to most people.

    This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common. A new study suggests that as many as 10% of all cancers are actually misdiagnosed.

    These medical errors result in serious disabilities or even death in 53.9% of those cases misdiagnosed.

    Led by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the study was first published in the journal Diagnosis.

    The Study in a Nutshell

    “Diagnostic improvement initiatives should focus on dangerous conditions with higher diagnostic error and misdiagnosis-related harm rates,” the authors conclude.

    “Finally, it is worth pointing out that diseases historically receiving the most sustained attention to diagnosis (i.e. research funding, clinical quality improvement, public awareness) are the ones with the lowest harm rates,” the researchers write. “Myocardial infarction is the prototype and the only acute illness approaching the target “standard” of <1% harmed often cited in the emergency department. This is, of course, after a half-century of focused efforts to automate electrocardiogram interpretation, develop and refine biomarkers (e.g. troponin) and create routine diagnostic protocols for chest pain or suspected acute coronary syndromes. Similarly, basic research studies and clinical trials focused on prostate cancer biomarkers (e.g. prostate-specific antigen) date back to the 1960s. Achieving similar gains may be possible for other key diseases, but only if we make sustained investments in improving diagnosis (e.g., missed stroke in acute dizziness, where novel bedside tests and telemedicine have shown early promise).”

    If you’ve been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, you’re not alone. And yes, those responsible for these medical errors should be held accountable. Contact one of our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Nearly Half of All Vascular Events, Infections, or Cancer Misdiagnoses Result in Permanent Disability or Death

    Posted on July 20th, 2020 admin No comments

    These are shocking figures to most, but unsurprising to any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Nearly 10% of patients in the United States with symptoms caused by major vascular events, infections, or cancers actually are misdiagnosed, according to a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–led study published in the journal Diagnosis.

    What’s more, nearly one-half, or 53.9%, of those misdiagnosed suffer a permanent disability or die because of the error. Plus, nearly 3/4 of all serious misdiagnosis-related harms in malpractice claims stem from those three areas – major vascular events, infections, or cancer.

    The data is clear: Cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common and can be very deadly or debilitating.

    Details of the Study

    Researchers aggregated rates for the 15 diseases from 28 published studies involving 91,755 patients. Among other types of misdiagnosis, the study looked at five key cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma.

    The study noted:

    “Diagnostic improvement initiatives should focus on dangerous conditions with higher diagnostic error and misdiagnosis-related harm rates.

    “Finally, it is worth pointing out that diseases historically receiving the most sustained attention to diagnosis (i.e. research funding, clinical quality improvement, public awareness) are the ones with the lowest harm rates. Myocardial infarction is the prototype and the only acute illness approaching the target “standard” of <1% harmed often cited in the emergency department. This is, of course, after a half century of focused efforts to automate electrocardiogram interpretation, develop and refine biomarkers (e.g. troponin) and create routine diagnostic protocols for chest pain or suspected acute coronary syndromes. Similarly, basic research studies and clinical trials focused on prostate cancer biomarkers (e.g. prostate-specific antigen) date back to the 1960s. Achieving similar gains may be possible for other key diseases, but only if we make sustained investments in improving diagnosis (e.g., missed stroke in acute dizziness, where novel bedside tests and tele-medicine have shown early promise).”

    Cancer misdiagnosis is a serious and often overlooked issue. If you know of someone who has had a cancer misdiagnosis, contact one of our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in Cleveland for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Woman Learns Her “Cancer” Actually a Rare Parasite

    Posted on March 30th, 2020 admin No comments

    Good news can be relative, as any cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you. One woman learned her cancer was misdiagnosed. But the actual cause of her pain turned out to be a rare parasite, alveolar echinococcosi (AE), that had been growing in her body for the past decade.

    “I wasn’t sure what to think,” Cassidy Armstrong recalled learning the life-altering news. “I asked them, ‘Is this good?’ and they said, ‘It’s much better than what we thought you had.’”

    What doctors thought she had was fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC), a rare form of liver cancer that typically affects people under 40. Roughly 44 to 68 percent of people with FLC live as many as five years after diagnosis.

    “I was getting ready for the worst,” Armstrong said in an interview with TODAY. “I was getting ready to die.”

    The Good News? An Incurable Disease She Can Live With

    AE is not a fatal disease, but there’s no cure for it either. Armstrong now takes medication on a daily basis and will receive blood tests once a month and a CT scan every six months to make sure the parasite is under control.

    “I have mixed feelings about it,” Armstrong admitted. “I’m happy – I like being alive. Psychologically, it’s been really tough. I’m grateful and I’m happy that it’s not what they thought it was. But it’s been very hard.”

    As any cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will comment, the corrected diagnosis is still a very serious condition; however, it’s treatable and certainly better than the misdiagnosed cancer.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Woman Undergoes Double Mastectomy Following Medical Error

    Posted on December 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    As any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland can attest, medical errors can come at a high price. One woman is lucky to still be alive, but her life will never be the same. Sarah Boyle has misdiagnosed her with triple-negative breast cancer, but only after extremely debilitating chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.

     

    Though the mother of two young children is grateful to not actually have cancer, she regardless faces an increased risk of cancer due to double breast implants. Her lawyers said the mistake occurred because a biopsy sample was incorrectly recorded. She has suffered psychological trauma and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by unnecessary treatment.

    The Trauma of Needless Medical Treatment

    “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family,” Boyle told the Telegraph. “Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing. And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.”

     

    “As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy,” she added.

    Accountability & Responsibility in the Medical Community

    The hospital says it has taken steps to avoid such errors in the future.

     

    “A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family,” said a spokesman from the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust. “Ultimately the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error so as an extra safeguard all invasive cancer diagnoses are now reviewed by a second pathologist.”

     

    After all, accountability is what not only forces those who commit medical errors to admit their mistakes but strive to never repeat them. If you have been wrongly misdiagnosed of cancer and would like to speak to a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, call the Linton Law Firm. We offer free consultations.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Mother Undergoes Mastectomy as a Result of Error

    Posted on August 19th, 2019 admin No comments

    One cancer misdiagnosis recently left a mother of two severely traumatized. At 28 years old, Sarah Boyle underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy before the Royal Stoke University Hospital realized it had made an unfortunate mistake.

    These kinds of stories are all too familiar for a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland. Those who made the error must be held accountable for their actions.

    In this case, the results of a biopsy sample were incorrectly recorded.

    Increased Risk, Ongoing Trauma

    Sadly, Boyle now faces an increased risk of cancer because of the breast implants. She has also been told the treatment may affect her fertility.

    Boyle related the tragedy of her experience and the difficulties she continues to face as a result:

    “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family,” she said.

    “Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing.

    “And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.

    “As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy.”

    If you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, call our office immediately for a free consultation from one of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorneys.

     

     

  • Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney in Cleveland: Women’s Cancer Ignorance Can Be Deadly

    Posted on July 1st, 2019 admin No comments

    What you don’t know can kill you – as well as result in a cancer misdiagnosis, as our Cleveland attorneys know all too well.

    And what women don’t know about ovarian cancer should shock and alarm us all.

    A new study has found that ignorance among women is very common among all 44 countries surveyed. That lack of knowledge can result in delayed treatment and misdiagnosis.

    Even more shocking, doctors seemed ignorant as well, as many early warning signs were often ignored.

    “What they report is consistent with what we know about ovarian cancer,” says American Cancer Society epidemiologist Lindsey Torre told NPR. “There’s not enough information out there.”

    A Global Problem

    And the reality is likely much worse, as our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in Cleveland can attest. The study included women that eventually sought treatment – not the far too many women who lacked insurance or accessible medical care.

    “If we can actually get data from people who did not get treatment or could not use a computer, the results will be absolutely devastating, I can assure you of that,” Manas Chakrabarti, an Indian gynecological oncologist in Kolka who participated in the survey, told NPR. “It’s much worse than it seems. We need a lot more studies going on, on larger platforms. We have a long road to travel.”

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: The Shocking Global Ignorance of Cancer

    Posted on March 22nd, 2019 admin No comments

    Take it from a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland: Most women do not know enough about ovarian cancer. Perhaps it’s time to learn.

    In all 44 countries surveyed, women diagnosed with ovarian cancer didn’t know significant details about their condition, which is common among patients.

    The Cost of Ignorance

    Ovarian cancer could be more treatable, and even potentially curable if caught in early stages.

    “No one country does it well,” Frances Reid, a study designer with the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition,  told NPR. “Different countries do different things well, but then they do other things not so well.”

    The knowledge just isn’t there.

    “What they report is consistent with what we know about ovarian cancer,” says American Cancer Society epidemiologist Lindsey Torre, who recently wrote an overview of ovarian cancer in the US. “There’s not enough information out there.”

    And that’s tragic. Lack of knowledge often leads to more deaths, more incidents of misdiagnosis. As any cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you — knowledge is power. Upon diagnosis, do your due diligence to investigate and learn as much as possible about your condition.

  • A Cancer Misdiagnosis Tragedy

    Posted on October 15th, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s a tragic case that is all too familiar to a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland. A 32-year old mother was told the lump in her breast was just a blocked milk duct, only two months after giving birth. Doctors told her the lump would “go away when I had the baby,” Anna Alessandro, of Stockton-on-Tees, England, told TeessideLive.

    Incurable Bone Cancer

     

    A few months later the lump was still there. When she went back to the specialist, doctors discovered that the cancerous lump had spread to the lymph nodes under her arm, two vertebrae, and her sternum. A few months later, the cancer spread to her bones. Alessandro has been told it’s incurable.

    She urges all women to do self-checks to protect themselves.

    “The girls will know what happened to me but what can explain cancer to a 4-year-old?” Alessandro told Metro News. “I have said to Ashley I am probably not going to be here at the age when the girls will have to check their breasts but make sure they check them. I never checked my breasts, it isn’t something that is brought up for younger women. I want women to check their breasts more and if there is a problem go to their [doctor] and don’t take no for an answer.”

    If you believe your cancer has been misdiagnosed and wish to consider your legal options – we encourage you to contact a Linton Law Firm cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland today for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Is Cancer Being Over-treated with Unnecessary Toxic and Invasive Procedures?

    Posted on September 17th, 2018 admin No comments

    Here’s a troubling issue our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland recently came across. Not only is cancer misdiagnosis surprisingly common, but so is the overtreatment of cancer.

     

    This summer, doctors at the American Society of Clinical Oncology raised the issue as a serious concern. It turns out that for many cancers, anti-hormone treatment can be just as effective as chemotherapy. Data revealed at the meeting indicated that the most common form of breast cancer, known as hormone-positive, HER-2 negative disease, found hormone treatment to be just as effective as chemotherapy, providing the cancer had not progressed beyond the lymph nodes.

     

    Research from a French study found similar data related to colon cancer. A third study found that patients battling kidney cancer could be spared surgery and the loss of their kidney with similar hormone therapy.

     

    The studies suggest “an excellent example of how less is more,” when it comes to certain cancer treatments, says Dr. Andrew Epstein, an oncologist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who spoke on behalf of ASCO, told NPR.

    The Takeaway

    So the good news? If you have been misdiagnosed and in fact do have cancer, research the benefits of hormone therapy. It may help you avoid toxic chemotherapy altogether, as well as invasive surgery. And don’t ever hesitate to get a second opinion.

     

    If ever you feel that you or loved one have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, please do not hesitate – contact our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney for a free consultation.