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Failure to Diagnose Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is a type of cancer that develops in one or both testicles. It happens when germ cells grow abnormally. Germ cells, like stem cells, can develop in any cell in the body. These cells are normally dormant. When germ cells become cancerous, they multiply and form tumors, which begin to invade normal tissue. If left untreated, testicular cancer can spread quickly and be fatal. Cancerous tumors can grow rapidly if not detected early, with the ability to double in size in just 10 – 30 days.  Testicular cancer is becoming more common and can affect any male, from infancy to old age.  In 2023, an estimated 9,910 people will be diagnosed.  Males between the ages of 15 and 44 have the highest rate of diagnosis. It is estimated that 460 people will die in 2023 because of a lack of awareness and early detection. That’s 460 too many. Testicular cancer can affect men of any race or ethnicity; however, for unknown reasons, Caucasian males are four to five times more likely than other races to develop testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, usually curable with surgery and, in some cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Time is of the essence when it comes to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Testicular cancer is no different. If you believe your doctor failed to diagnose testicular cancer, causing you significant harm, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Contact DeFrancisco & Falgiatano’s experienced medical malpractice attorneys to learn how we can help you hold this negligent doctor accountable for their actions.  Our highly skilled medical malpractice attorneys may be able to assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.  We serve clients throughout Upstate New York and have offices in several convenient locations. Our extensive experience in the field of medical malpractice is reflected in the results we have obtained for our clients.

Testicular cancer, like other types of cancer, is a progressive disease. When a diagnosis is delayed or missed, it can worsen and spread throughout the body, making treatment more difficult.  Testicular cancer can spread to the abdomen, liver, lungs, bones, and brain.

Swelling or a lump in the affected testicle, heaviness in the scrotal area, pain/aching in the testicles, a dull ache in the abdominal or groin area, and pain in the lower back are all common symptoms of testicular cancer. Because many of these symptoms involve localized pain or discomfort in the testicular region, your doctor should suspect testicular cancer as soon as you present with them. When examining a patient with symptoms of testicular cancer, there is no excuse for a doctor failing to order the necessary evaluations to test for the disease.  Aside from easily identifiable symptoms, the condition has several common risk factors that your doctor should have been aware of. Your doctor should also have taken a thorough medical history of you in order to match certain aspects of your genetics or lifestyle to potential risk factors for diseases such as testicular cancer.

If you have any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away. A cancer diagnosis may necessitate a number of laboratory and physical tests. These tests must be evaluated correctly in order for a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. Cancer misdiagnosis is frequently linked to a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of these test results. If the results of these tests show that you have testicular cancer, there are treatments available to stop the cancer from spreading. Surgery to remove the affected testicle is the most common treatment. Following that, if necessary, chemotherapy or radiotherapy may be recommended. Failure to diagnose cancer can result in serious consequences, such as worsened health and high medical bills.

If testicular cancer is not detected, the patient may suffer serious consequences because of the doctor’s negligence. A late cancer diagnosis may necessitate more invasive procedures, a lower quality of life, and an increased risk of death. Cancer patients will have to deal with routine procedures, lost wages, and mountainous medical bills. This is in addition to the emotional toll that cancer has on a family.

Males with undescended testicles are more likely to develop cancer than those who do not. More advanced cases of testicular cancer can spread to the lymph nodes, making treatment more difficult. As a result, it is critical that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Men with a personal history of testicular cancer are slightly more likely to develop cancer in the other testicle at some point in their lives. Furthermore, having a father or brother who has had testicular cancer raises the risk. Kleinfelter’s syndrome, a genetically inherited disease, has also been linked to an increased risk of testicular cancer.

If you or your loved one’s prostate or testicular cancer went undiagnosed, please call the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano.  Our skillful attorneys may be able to help you pursue legal action.  We have won cases for our clients across the Upstate New York area, including Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Elmira, Binghamton, Auburn, Ithaca, Oswego, Norwich, Herkimer, Delhi, Cooperstown, Cortland, Lowville, Oneida, Watertown, Utica, Canandaigua, Wampsville, Lyons, and surrounding areas.  Please call us at 833-200-2000 or contact us via our online form to discuss your case.

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