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How to proceed after a wrongful cancer diagnosis

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2023 | Cancer Misdiagnosis

When people in California or anywhere in the country receive a cancer diagnosis, they experience a surge of emotions. They may wonder if they will be able to beat the cancer, or they may feel the cancer is too advanced and that they only have a short time left with friends and loved ones. More devastation comes when patients receive a wrong diagnosis because this causes them to be given the incorrect treatment, which will significantly decrease the chances of a successful outcome. If you find that you were wrongfully diagnosed, you should take the following steps.

Get a second opinion

As soon as you find out your doctor gave you the wrong cancer diagnosis, you should seek a second opinion. Second opinions are also beneficial when you feel like your doctor is minimizing the seriousness of your cancer, refuses to validate your concerns or is not sure the extent of how far the cancer has progressed. You should also seek a second opinion if you believe there are other treatment options available that can help in your recovery.

Get help clearing up the matter

If you still feel uncertain after you get a second opinion, get help clearing up the matter. There is a plethora of organizations you can contact to assist you once you have received a cancer misdiagnosis. Some of these organizations include:

  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Patient advocacy organizations

While you are spending time getting these matters straight, do not hesitate to seek support. Find support groups on social media where you can talk to others in the same situation. They can relate to you and provide recommendations to help you navigate these troubled waters.