Successful treatment of cancer is usually dependent upon early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. According to a recent news report in Science Daily, a new miniature handheld microscope may allow doctors to not only accurately diagnose tumors sooner, but also aid in their removal in instances where surgery is necessary.
Neurosurgeons are using the new miniature “confocal” microscope to view brain tumors in real time during exploratory procedures. Digital images of tumor and brain tissue can also be obtained by using the new microscope. Previously, surgeons had to take biopsies of tissue in order to identify tumors. However, these new microscopes distinguish cancer cells and the size and characteristics of the brain tumor without a biopsy.
While news of these advanced treatments is indeed promising and gives hope to cancer patients and their families, it is impossible to implement use of this groundbreaking technology if a patient’s symptoms are ignored, or, not timely investigated. Unfortunately, when a delay of diagnosis of cancer occurs, many patients suffer devastating consequences as a result, including a worsened prognosis, the need for more extensive, radical and/or invasive treatment, and, even death.
If you or a loved one have been misdiagnosed or have had a delay in the diagnosis of your malignancy, and, have suffered as a result, you may be able to bring a medical malpractice claim against the healthcare providers (doctors and hospitals) that failed to properly diagnose your disease.
Contact the New Jersey delayed diagnosis attorneys at Blume Forte for a no-cost case evaluation. Our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys have the experience and expertise to evaluate your potential claim and determine whether delayed diagnosis or malpractice resulted in a worsening of your medical condition. You can reach us at 973-635-5400 to find out more about your legal rights and options.