As many Maryland residents know, the effects of having a sense of involvement in personal health can include a longer life span. This is true when it comes to cancer. Several studies show that knowing what type of cancer one has as well as details concerning the treatment protocol a health care professional envisions leads to a better resolution. In addition, not being properly diagnosed leads to a poorer prognosis.
Misdiagnosis is, according to multiple reports, more common than many doctors realize. One Massachusetts study in 2013 found that errors were present in 28 percent of all diagnoses. Certain cancer diagnostic tools also lead to faulty detection. Such errors are found in mammograms and lung scans.When patients are provided with a fully detailed account of the type of cancer, how the doctor intends to treat it and how the cancer will influence the patient’s life, it has a favorable effect on overall treatment results. However, some details may not enhance a positive outcome. For instance, being informed of potential side effects may actually be detrimental. Some doctors believe that worry about side effects may affect the immune system, resulting in a poorer outcome.
Information that deals with realistic expectations is most favorable. For instance, depressed individuals did worse but very optimistic patients did not do better. It was those patients who were given factual information that provided a realistic understanding and expectation of the outcome who did best.
A failure to diagnose cancer may have a devastating effect on a patient. A delay in treatment that results can often cause the disease that has grown during the interim to be incurable. Those who have been harmed in this manner may want to speak with a medical malpractice attorney in order to determine the remedies that may be available.