When Time Matters: Combating Misdiagnosis 
and Delayed Diagnosis in Cancer

Doctor meeting with patient

In the battle against cancer, timely and accurate diagnosis is critical. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are all too common, leading to severe consequences for patients and their families. At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro LLP, we handle these kinds of medical malpractice cases, and we're dedicated to fighting for justice for those affected by these errors.

Misdiagnosis occurs when a medical professional fails to correctly identify a patient's condition. Delayed diagnosis, on the other hand, involves a significant delay in reaching a correct diagnosis. When either occurs, precious time is lost, allowing the cancer to progress unchecked, reducing the chances of successful treatment.

The consequences of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. Patients may endure unnecessary pain and suffering, undergo unnecessary treatments, or miss out on potentially life-saving interventions. Families are left to cope with the emotional and financial burdens, often feeling betrayed by a system that failed to protect their loved ones.

When misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis leads to harm, victims have legal options. Our experienced team at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro LLP is committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. We work tirelessly to pursue compensation for our clients, including damages for pain and suffering, lost income, medical expenses, and wrongful death.

Despite these challenges, here are some steps you can take to minimize risks and advocate for your health:

  • Be Proactive with Healthcare: Attend regular check-ups and screenings as recommended by your healthcare provider. Early detection is key in successfully treating most types of cancer.
  • Communicate Effectively: Clearly communicate any symptoms or concerns you may have to your healthcare provider. Be thorough in describing your symptoms, including when they started, how they've progressed, and any factors that may exacerbate or alleviate them.
  • Seek Second Opinions: If you're uncertain about a diagnosis or treatment plan, don't hesitate to seek a second opinion from another qualified healthcare professional. Different perspectives can provide valuable insights and ensure thorough consideration of all options.
  • Keep Records: Maintain organized records of your medical history, including test results, treatments, and medications. This information can help facilitate communication between healthcare providers and ensure continuity of care.
  • Follow Up: If you're awaiting test results or diagnostic procedures, follow up with your healthcare provider as needed to ensure timely communication and resolution. Don't hesitate to inquire about the status of your tests or next steps in your care plan.
  • Be Persistent: If you feel that your concerns are not being adequately addressed or if you're experiencing persistent symptoms that are not being properly evaluated, advocate for yourself. Don't be afraid to ask questions or request further evaluation if necessary.

At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro LLP, we understand the devastating impact that misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer can have on individuals and families. That's why we're passionate about advocating for our clients and fighting for the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been affected by medical malpractice in a cancer case, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Call us at
800-675-8556 or visit for more information.