It seems like a safe assumption that if a doctor has passed the MCAT, completed both medical school and residencies and met the other licensing requirements that he or she is qualified to care for patients. Sadly, that is not always the case and patients may receive substandard care in Pittsburgh, PA or any other state in the U.S.
There are a number of prescription drugs and medical treatments that can ease one’s pain and suffering even when faced with a terminal disease. A doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer, however, can deprive a person of comfort and quality of life.
Every day, physicians in Pennsylvania and every other state are trusted by patients to decide what tests are necessarily to make an accurate cancer diagnosis. They have to weigh the time and expense of medical tests with the probability of accurately diagnosing their patients without those tests. If they make the wrong decision, failure to diagnose cancer can have devastating effects for everyone involved.
If a person in Pennsylvania is diagnosed with cancer, it is often necessary to begin treatments immediately in order to save the life of the person. If a physician or other medical professional fails to diagnose the correct condition in a timely manner, delayed treatment can lead to the spread of the disease. In the worst situations, the patient may die from the failure to diagnose cancer by the doctor, and the family of the patient may choose to hold the medical professionals accountable.