Can Medical Mistakes Lead to a Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer?


Diagnostic errors are one of the most common types of medical mistakes in the US. Depending on the type of illness that is misdiagnosed, you could die or suffer a severe injury. We recently wrote a blog discussing what could happen after a diagnostic mistake involving bacterial meningitis. Diagnostic errors involving cancer can also be deadly. There are several reasons why health care providers could get a cancer diagnosis wrong. Possible reasons include, but are not limited to: Your doctor could miss the early symptoms of cancer. They could mistake the symptoms with a less serious condition. As a result,…

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Jobs Cause Cancer For Thousands of Americans Each Year | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog


Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to NIOSH, “Based on well-documented associations between occupational exposures and cancer, it is estimated that approximately 20,000 cancer deaths and 40,000 new cases of cancer each year in the U.S. are attributable to occupation.”  The report comments that studies done on animals make it clear that millions of Americans are exposed to carcinogens in the workplace environment. A person’s risk of developing a particular cancer is influenced by a combination of factors that interact in ways that are not fully understood. Some of the factors include: Personal characteristics such as age, sex, and…

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FDA May Require More Warnings on Tamoxifen Label | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog


Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire We recently posted a blog informing our readers that a Bloomberg report announced that researchers have determined that certain antidepressants may increase the recurrence of breast cancer among women who have already survived the disease.  The study reports that drugs including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft “significantly decrease the effectiveness of a drug [tamoxifen] used to reduce the chances of breast cancer recurrence”. A new Bloomberg report of yesterday confirms that “US regulators may warn patients taking tamoxifen, a breast cancer medicine…not to use certain types of antidepressants because they block the tumor-fighting drug’s effectiveness.”…

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Early Diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer is Critical | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog


Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Each year in America there are approximately 16,000 new diagnoses of esphogeal cancer, reports an article in Medical New Today.  Unfortunately, according to the report, only 10% of those diagnosed survive the disease.  The principal reason for this alarming statistic is the lack of early detection. It is widely recognized that smokers are predisposed to esophageal cancer.  However, as the article points out, there are several other contributing factors, including: Excessive alcohol consumption; Obesity; Lye ingestion; and, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn. We encourage our readers to speak…

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Is a Mammogram Worth it? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog


Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire For decades women have been advised to undergo mammograms to screen for breast cancer.  Routine exams, especially after age 50,  are highly recommended.  It was recently reported in a New York Times article, however, that British medical experts came to the conclusion that mammographies may do more harm than good.  The so-called experts suggest that for every life saved by the procedure at least one other person is forced to endure unnecessary and invasive procedures to treat slow-growing cancers that would otherwise cause no harm if left untreated. Many experts, including the American Cancer…

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