Recent studies have indicated that women with blood in their urine were less than half as likely as men with the same issue to be referred to an urologist for further tests. This may explain why women with bladder cancer are often subjected to delays in the diagnosis of their bladder cancer. Delayed diagnoses equate to a worsened prognosis and higher mortality rates.
One study states that blood in the urine may be the first symptom of bladder cancer. The American Urological Association recommends that anyone over 35 exhibiting this particular symptom without a benign explanation get an evaluation that includes cystoscopy, a process that involves internal examination of the bladder and the urinary tract. Researchers found that only 17 percent of females with blood in their urine were referred for further evaluation and diagnosis during the study period compared to 39 percent of men. Read the rest »
It is an important part of a healthcare provider’s job to diagnose injuries and illnesses in a timely manner. It is particularly important in cases involving cancer, where treatment often must begin right away to increased the likelihood of a positive prognosis or outcome. Those who go undiagnosed may miss their window of opportunity to adequately fight a potentially lethal disease. Those who are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed may waste precious time receiving the wrong kind of or no treatment. In either case, the patient’s chances of survival may be greatly diminished.
Medical malpractice claims involving cancer diagnosis often involve a failure to perform proper and timely tests. Such claims may also involve a failure to properly interpret test results. These shortcomings may result in misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Read the rest »
A misdiagnosis or an untimely diagnosis can delay treatment and possibly make a patient’s condition much worse. This is particularly true in the case of cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. When there is delayed or incorrect cancer diagnosis, patients lose valuable time that could affect their prognosis or ultimate outcome. In some cases, the correct timely diagnosis can make the difference between life and death.
There are several steps you as a patient can take to assist healthcare providers:
- Write down your symptoms. Forgetting to mention a symptom may affect your diagnosis. Write down all of your ailments before your appointment. It is advisable to sit down a couple of times before your appointment and write down exactly what you want to discuss with your doctor. Read the rest »
It is vital for patients with cancer to receive accurate timely diagnoses and proper treatment. Failures of healthcare providers in this respect may deprive patients of precious time during which treatment may begin, affording a better prognosis and preventing progression of the disease process. In other cases, patients are given the incorrect types of treatments for cancer as a result of incorrect diagnoses. Read the rest »
It is well recognized in the medical community that the most crucial factor in battling cancer is early detection. Cancer in its earliest stages is much more treatable than cancers that have been allowed to progress and/or metastasize.
That is why it is highly advisable to pursue cancer screenings on a regular basis.
Healthcare providers need to be cognizant of the need for adequately frequent cancer screenings, and must take into account each particular patient’s risk factors which may require more frequent and comprehensive screenings. Diagnostic and screening studies and their frequency for both sexes and for many types of cancers might be mandated simply by a patient’s age and the increasing risk of getting cancer as we get older. Read the rest »
According to The World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 14.1 million people worldwide developed cancer in 2012, showing a continued increase in cancer rates. The New York Daily News reported that the group’s research, GLOBOSCAN 2012, found that 12.7 million people contracted cancer in 2008 and that by 2025 about 19.3 million people will contract one form of cancer or another annually.
When comparing 2012 results to 2008 results, WHO found that cancer deaths increased eight percent to 8.2 million in one year. The highest rates of death happened in developing nations. Researchers found that advancements in cancer treatments have not yet reached patients in these countries who could survive if treated properly with existing modes of therapy. Read the rest »
May was Brain Tumor Awareness Month; a time in which increased focus is brought on this disease that impacts thousands every year. In honor of the month, the New Jersey failure to diagnose cancer lawyers at Blume Forte are highlighting some of the symptoms of brain tumors with information provided by the American Brain Tumor Association.
There are more than 120 different types of brain tumors, each of which can affect a different portion of the brain and require different types of medical care. It is imperative to find a skilled doctor to accurately diagnose the disease and commence treatment as soon as possible. Read the rest »
The legal team at Blume Forte recently learned through an announcement from Barnabas Health in West Orange and the American Cancer Society, that they are seeking volunteers to take part in the nationwide Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). NJ.com is reporting that the study aims to better understand the lifestyle, genetic, and environmental factors that either may prevent or cause cancer.
The study is taking place in 35 states throughout the country and will be based on a series of surveys, blood samples, and waist measurements that volunteers will take over the course of several years. Two previous Cancer Prevention Studies have taken place in the country, with one lasting from 1959 to 1972 and the second beginning in 1982 and still ongoing. Read the rest »
According to The Daily Journal, the city of Millville, New Jersey turned into “Mudville” for a successful weekend cancer fundraising event. The Barbara Cook Cancer Foundation held their fifth annual Bill Bottino Mud Run for Cancer the weekend of September 15 – 16, 2012 in what is considered the largest fundraiser in the history of Holly City.
The event, a four-mile run complete with mud and 32 obstacles attracted almost 2,000 participants of all ages. Young children were able to participate in a one-mile run. The Mud Run also included live music, children’s activities, and a tailgate party.
In 2011, the event had approximately 1,000 participants, while only 200 participated in 2010. The event has grown, raising more money each year. Funds raised from the Mud Run are split equally between the South Jersey Healthcare Foundation and the LiveStrong Foundation. The 2011 Mud Run raised $100,000. While the final tally for this year’s run isn’t available yet, the President of the Barbara Cook Cancer Foundation expects this year’s total to exceed last year’s. Read the rest »
The Born to Run 5K is an annual event, held in Wayne, New Jersey every year since 2009, to benefit local residents who are suffering from cancer, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. According to a report on CBS New York’s website, the 2012 5K was held on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Packanack Lake.
Walkers, runners, and volunteers come together every year to honor the memory of Bruce Springsteen fan and Wayne, New Jersey resident Bruce Eckrote, who died from esophageal cancer only five weeks after the disease was diagnosed; he was 55-years-old. Two of Eckrote’s children led the effort to establish the 5K run to create a memorial for their father as well as raise cancer awareness and support research. Read the rest »