Delayed Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Lawyers in Connecticut
Prostate cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in men over age 75. Many doctors recommend prostate cancer screening for all men starting at age 50. Screening can include a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test as well as a digital rectal exam to check the prostate gland for masses or nodules.
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PSA Blood Tests & Gleason Scores
The PSA blood test is often done to screen men for prostate cancer. Because of the widespread availability of this test, many prostate cancers are found before they cause symptoms. PSA results in the range of 0 - 4 are considered normal for most men. If the PSA level is increasing or above normal, or a rectal exam reveals a hard or uneven prostate gland, prostate cancer should be considered as a possibility. At a minimum, patients should be advised of their PSA results, that the abnormally high levels could indicate prostate cancer, and be informed of options for further testing, including biopsy.
The results of a prostate biopsy are reported using a Gleason score. A Gleason score indicates the likelihood that the cancer has spread outside the prostate gland. Fortunately, when prostate cancer is detected while still in its early stages, it has a very good chance of being curable. Once it spreads outside the prostate, it is more advanced and the cancer is no longer considered curable. Treatment for metastatic prostate cancer can include hormone therapy, radiation, and chemotherapy-all of which can have significantly uncomfortable side effects.
Why Do Doctor's Misdiagnose Prostate Cancer?
Unfortunately, a delay in diagnosing prostate cancer can be due to a doctor's negligence, if:
- The doctor does not recommend or perform routine screening, including PSA testing or digital rectal exams
- The doctor does not check PSA levels when test results are returned by the lab
- The doctor does not refer the patient to a urologist or other specialist when PSA levels have increased or are above normal
We at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers know how hard it is to deal with a delayed prostate cancer diagnosis because our medical malpractice lawyers have seen cases just like yours. Our Connecticut medical malpractice team comprises a medical doctor and a registered nurse who are also attorneys, giving us a unique perspective on cases like yours.
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