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Endometrial Cancer Lawyers

Being diagnosed with a cancer of any type is one of the most devastating things that can happen to anyone, and for women, it is particularly difficult to deal with a uterine cancer diagnosis or any other type of gynecological cancer. It can be compounded and made that much worse when the doctors diagnose uterine cancer late and cause irreparable harm.

Those women who have sustained serious, life-altering harm due to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of uterine cancer may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim against the physician who did not meet the appropriate standard of care.

At Raizman Frischman & Rizza, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, our ovarian cancer medical malpractice attorneys are here to represent patients who were not provided the standard of care and made to endure the repercussions. Those women whose doctors were unable to diagnose uterine cancer early or misdiagnosed it may be eligible to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice.

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Quick Facts of Endometrial Cancer

There are some facts to know about ovarian cancer as well as reasons why an endometrial cancer misdiagnosis can be life-altering:

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Type I Endometrial Cancer

Type I is the most prevalent form, comprising more than two thirds of all newly diagnosed cases. It is composed of endometrial cells that are grade 1 or 2, and these grades reflect the depth of cancerous cellular invasion into the uterus. 

These types of uterine cancer are classified as low risk as they carry a favorable prognosis, typically present early in their evaluation, and are responsive to hormone treatment.  

Type II Endometrial Cancer

Type II endometrial cancers fortunately are much less common than Type I cancers. Type II endometrial cancers include advanced (grade 3) endometrioid tumors and those composed of non-endometrioid cells, such as serous, mucinous, transitional, and clear cell histologic varieties. 

Unlike Type I endometrial cancer, Type II endometrial cancer often presents at an advanced stage (Stage III and Stage IV), are aggressive in nature, are not responsive to progastrin, and carry a much more unfavorable prognosis. 

Those patients diagnosed with Type II endometrial cancer are at high risk for recurrence, regardless of stage at time of diagnosis or treatment. The problem is, of course, compounded if there is a failure to diagnose uterine cancer from the beginning.

Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Uterine Cancer

Doctors are trained to recognize the occurrence of uterine cancer and ovarian cancer based on what the patient states about her health as well as what particular tests show. However, some doctors are negligent in their practice and a failure to diagnose issues may occur. This may result in serious harm to the patient and the onset of medical malpractice cases against that physician.

The common signs and symptoms of endometrial cancer that women should be familiar with include post-menopausal or abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, painful urination and painful intercourse. If you experience any of those symptoms, contact your doctor and let them know if you also have any known risk factors for this type of cancer.

There are several recognized risk factors for this type of uterine cancer, including: 

  • Late menopause
  • Early age menstruation (prior to age 12)
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Use of estrogen 

Those women who have discovered that they have ovarian cancer but the doctors misdiagnosed it, caught it too late, or prescribed the wrong treatment may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

The diagnosis of endometrial cancer is based upon histologic evaluation. This involves obtaining a biopsy of the endometrial tissue and examining it under a microscope. Doctors who specialize in gynecological oncology should be able to identify cancerous cells in the uterine tissue and determine the extent of the uterine cancer.

The treatment for endometrial cancer is determined after a staging evaluation following its initial diagnosis. Depending upon the stage, treatment can range from curative surgery alone, such as a hysterectomy, to neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation. In addition, certain endometrial cancers have shown favorable responses to immunotherapy.

Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer Endometrial Cancer Case

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, or breast cancer, but the diagnosis was too late or the wrong treatment was prescribed, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the healthcare professional who failed to meet a standard of care. Failure to diagnose cancer can force the patient to pay the ultimate price, so it is integral that the patient or her family fights for her rights.

Contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer such as ours at Frischman & Rizza, P.C. to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will keep your confidential or sensitive information safe and examine your medical records to determine the extent of the fault of your physician. Call today for more information and to fight for your rights as an ovarian cancer patient.