• 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.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: One Woman’s Story and the Trauma of Medical Errors

    Posted on April 30th, 2018 admin No comments

    Ask many of the clients of our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland – the trauma of a cancer misdiagnosis can often seem as if “you’ve been thrown to the wolves,” even if the wolves turn out to be a medical mistake. Having limited time left to your life and saying goodbye to loved ones, is the definition of trauma, even if it turns out you are actually perfectly healthy.

     

    Such was the experience of Jan Scott, who had been misdiagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In June, she was told the cancer was far too advanced for chemotherapy or radiotherapy and that she had five months to live. She flew her three grandchildren to Dunedin from Australia for a final visit to say goodbye and began planning her funeral.

     

    Yet she felt no physical pain. With the help of a hospice doctor, she sought further tests and had a PET scan, which ended up revealing no cancer.

     

    The hospital even sent Scott a letter to minimize the impact of the mistake by saying she lived with the misdiagnosis for only a few weeks, when in fact it was months, she said.

    An Unapologetic Medical System

     

    At the very least, she’d like an apology.

     

    ”I would like an apology more than anything,” Scott told the Otago Daily Times. ”I just want a bit of closure on the whole unfortunate case. All he actually said to me was: ‘We do make mistakes’.”

     

    Scott was fortunate to be on the healthy side of a cancer misdiagnosis. Many others are not so lucky, and the error can prove fatal. If you have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, contact our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Why a Second, Third, Even Fourth Opinion May Help To Save Your Life

    Posted on December 28th, 2017 admin No comments

    What is the cost of assuming your doctor knows best? Everything, literally, can be on the line when a doctor makes his or her diagnosis. And yes, as our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you, getting a second opinion, even if the diagnosis is positive, can save your life.

    Consider this: 40,000 to 80,000 deaths occur in the U.S. from diagnostic error, and as many as 17 percent of diagnoses are inaccurate, according to a 2015 diagnostic report from The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

    Not detecting cancer early enough kills. It’s as simple as that.

    “Making the final diagnosis is the doctor’s responsibility,” Dr. Vinita Parkash, a professor of pathology at the Yale School of Medicine, assesses. “The doctor pulls together all the pieces of information, including history, signs, symptoms and test results, to name the disease that is the cause of the patient’s malady. It is that label, that diagnosis, which will accompany the patient through her health care journey and determine what will happen to her.”

    Escalating Medical Complexity, Increases Risk

    What is worrisome is the fact that misdiagnosis is likely on the rise in an age of increasing complexity and evolving medical approaches.

    “Doctors face increasingly higher caseloads and administrative burdens,” Dr. Parkash points out. “Keeping pace with changes in medical knowledge is ever more challenging; it is estimated that medical knowledge will double every 73 days in 2020.”

    So by all means, get a second opinion, or three or four, even if the results come back benign. That’s advice from our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney that may very well save your life. Trust us. Your family will thank you.

  • Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney Cleveland: Michigan Woman Has Unnecessary Double Mastectomy

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 admin No comments

    A Michigan woman had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy she didn’t need, because of a cancer misdiagnosis.

    As our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will point out, incorrect diagnoses where there isn’t really cancer can be a serious health issue, altering lives irrevocably on the basis of faulty data.

    Colleen Hanna had breast pain in October of 2012. An ultrasound and mammogram came back normal, but a blood test indicated she was BRCA positive.

    As ABC12.com reports:

    “The BRCA gene test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful mutations in either one of the two breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. A woman who tests positive is more susceptible to developing breast and ovarian cancer. Doctors recommended Hanna have a double mastectomy, the removal of both breasts, to reduce the risk that she would develop breast cancer.”

    Upon doctor recommendation, Hanna had a hysterectomy in May 2014.

    The problem? The BRCA test actually never happened, and the results were falsified. Hanna had a BRCA test done in 2016, which came back negative.

    And now she’s permanently disfigured as a result of the erroneous diagnosis.

    Hanna is suing four medical institutions, including Mid Michigan Physicians Group in Midland, and five doctors for negligence and fraud.

    “Unbelievable carelessness, and arrogance, the doctors just proceeding on, and can’t imagine a doctor not looking at a, at least a report of an x-ray before doing surgery on somebody. They didn’t do this at all,” said Hanna’s attorney Victor Mastromarco.