FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE
PT Scan says – “no cancer” and so your oncologist is not worried about the large lump found on your head. Get a second opinion.
Family history of breast cancer and doctor does not biopsy mass found in ultrasound, because he doubts it could be cancer… Get a second opinion.
Failure to order MRI, would have shown slow growing brain tumor.
Every day, busy physicians make assumptions, that can cost their patients a great deal. If technology does not show them what they are expecting, they rule out certain diagnosis – but they are often wrong. And yes, while it is not the patient’s job to diagnosis and treat, a second opinion certainly never hurt anyone. In the above cases, a second opinion could have meant an early diagnosis and maybe, caught early enough, effective treatment could have been possible.