Suspecting that you have a critical illness can be a terrifying experience. People may want to believe that they are healthy and that nothing possibly be wrong with them. However, every day in Pennsylvania people deal with medical diagnoses that require extensive medical treatment. In the situations, people rely on their medical doctors to diagnose and properly treat these conditions.
Cancer can be one of the most serious illnesses a person can get. Being diagnosed with cancer can mean a shortened lifespan, dangerous and difficult medical treatment and more. However, the earlier a person is diagnosed, the better the person's chances of a full recovery.
There are many ways that cancer can be diagnosed. The specific tests will depend on the specific type of cancer that a person has been inflicted with. Broadly, however, there are many lab tests that can be performed to help diagnose cancer. These tests often must be used in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures. These include imaging procedures. With proper images, doctors can often diagnose abnormal growth within the body. These images can include x-rays, PET scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, nuclear scans and CT scans. The specific scan that is necessary will depend on the area in the body where cancer is suspected.
Additionally, a biopsy may be required to officially diagnose cancer. The biopsy allows a doctor to take a sample of the suspected cancerous tissue to test it further. The biopsy can be done through surgery, endoscopically or with a needle depending on the location of the tissue.
It is important that doctors in Pennsylvania take all precautions to diagnose and properly treat cancer. When medical mistakes are made, such as a failure to diagnose, the patient will suffer. In these cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate to help compensate the patient for the loss is the person has suffered.