An Unexpected Cost Of Cancer Misdiagnosis

Many tragic cases of cancer misdiagnosis involve a patient who goes untreated while cancer spreads from a treatable to untreatable form. But cancer misdiagnosis has a cost for patients who turn out not to have cancer, too. A New Zealand couple recently received the bad news that cancer had returned to their lives. The husband, who had battled cancer before, was given just two months to live. They decided to make those two months count.

In order to make the most of what time he thought he had remaining, the man and his wife decided to sell their home and give away many of their possessions. The man resumed smoking, a habit he had broken in an effort to survive after cancer struck the first time. They traveled to Australia and Fiji and generally behaved as people would when they think the end is near. After racking up roughly $80,000 in debt, the couple learned that the diagnosis was incorrect. The man did not have cancer.

Cancer misdiagnosis is a medical error that can cost people their lives. When there is a failure to diagnose, precious months are wasted that could allow for life-saving treatment or simply allow a family time to enjoy one another’s company. When a patient is told they have a condition they do not, they may undergo unnecessary treatment. Some patients have even had limbs amputated or organs removed when doctors mistakenly informed them they had cancer. The costs are tremendous.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a misdiagnosis, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

Source: Huffington Post, “Frank and Wilma, New Zealand Couple, Thousands In Debt After Spending On Bucket List After Cancer Misdiagnosis,” 19 June 2012