A recent study of 1,132 breast cancer patients done at the University of Michigan shows that many woman poorly understand the risks and benefits of breast cancer treatment options The author of the study Dr. Sarah Hawley stated that the information may be delivered to the patients but often is not understood. The study found that nearly half of the breast cancer patients did not know whether survival rates and recurrance rates were the same after mastectomy or breast conserving surgery.Dr. Hawley advised doctors to tell the patient the information more than once. Breast cancer patients are advised not to hesitate to ask questions about anything they do not understand about breast cancer treatment options. Patients are also advised to bring a trusted friend or family member to the visit with the surgeon when treatment options are discussed. To learn more click here to see our Library article on Breast Cancer Malpractice.
One thing is certain with breast cancer or any cancer for that matter, the earlier the cancer is diagnosed and treated the more likely the cancer will be cured. Our team of lawyers has successfully handled medical malpractice caseswhere breast cancer should have been diagnosed earlier. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer and you have questions about whether the cancer should have been found sooner contact please call us at 412-471-4300, or click here. Berger & Lagnese, attorneys specializing in medical malpractice, work on cases in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Uniontown, Erie, Washington, and all courts in Western Pennsylvania.