Cancer detection and treatment efforts have improved significantly over the last several years. This means that many cancers can be effectively treated and even defeated if they are caught in their early stages. Yet, this success is highly dependent upon a doctor’s ability to accurately and timely diagnose an individual’s condition. Although that might seem easy enough given the resources at these medical professionals’ disposal, the truth of the matter is that far too often they fail to live up to the standard of care that they owe their patients.
Diagnosing colon cancer
There are a number of techniques that doctors can utilize to diagnose colon cancer. A colonoscopy is probably the most common, where a doctor uses a flexible tube with a camera on it to explore the colon to look for polyps and take tissue samples. These tissues samples can then be analyzed for cancerous cells. Blood tests can help provide insight into whether you need additional testing for colon cancer, as the body produces certain chemicals when colon cancer is present. Certain scans can also help determine the extent of colon cancer.
Treating colon cancer
While errors can certainly occur in the diagnostic phase pertaining to colon cancer, there can also be missteps in treatment. A doctor may fail to remove polyps that then develop into more advanced cancer, or a doctor may fail to perform more extensive surgery, such as a partial colectomy. These errors in treatment can allow the cancer to progress to a more advanced stage, perhaps even to the point that it is no longer treatable.
Hold medical professionals accountable
You deserve proper diagnosis and treatment, especially when dealing with something as serious as colon cancer. If you feel like a medical error has left you with a worsened medical condition and a poorer prognosis, then you might want to consider taking legal action to find accountability, deter future negligence, and recover the compensation you deserve.