Why Is Cancer Misdiagnosis So Common?

Although it’s difficult to admit, cancer misdiagnosis is more common than you think.

Consider the facts, studies are focusing in on newer statistics that claim 15% of cancer diagnoses are incorrect.

Just imagine the malpractice repercussions from diagnosing someone with the wrong, potentially fatal treatment. Your reputation and practice are at risk.

With 1 in 20 American adults misdiagnosed a year, it’s time to come to terms with the truth and discuss steps to avoid a cancer misdiagnosis.

What Does Cancer Misdiagnosis Mean?

By making such a critical mistake, the patient/doctor relationship deteriorates, dehumanizing the patron.Having empathy is a general requirement for your clients, and allowing them to suffer longer doesn’t help.

Where as it’s key to target cancer early to increase the chances of survival, the impacts of mistreating a patient will be grave for you and your practice.

Why Is It So Common?

This problem is similar to most bad decisions made in the world, no one has discussed or questioned the issue at hand.

A typical cancer misdiagnosis can range from bad communication, incomplete medical records, misinterpreted readings or tests, or even overconfidence from the doctor.

Some doctors don’t have enough time to properly evaluate the patient, which can lead to rushed results. Other issues occur from indifference to the patient’s urgency, complicating the condition even further. Hospitals need to address these faults in the system.

Misdiagnosis Prevention

The general issue lies in the lack of discussion and data evaluation between physicians. Filling the cracks in the system takes time and practice, but there are steps to consider.

You can prevent this outcome through

  • Great communication with the patient and other staff members
  • Taking time to closely evaluate the data
  • Keeping track of evaluation surveys for the patient and staff members.

1. Keeping an Engaging Rapport with the Patient and Staff

Encourage patients to speak about themselves and their family medical history. This will create a dialogue, allowing discussion for a more accurate diagnosis.  Not only does this build a trusting relationship, a collaborative move between staff and patient is great for generating thoughtful debate.

2. Closely Analyze the Data

When someone’s life is at stake, you need to make sure your data is 100% correct. Perform regular checkups with the patient, listen to them, and pay close attention to understand every issue.

Evaluate all of the concerns and practice a patient first policy, thoroughly explaining the information and making sure they understand.

3. Keep Tabs of Your Patient and Staff

Provide surveys to monitor your patient and staff before issues arise. By doing so, you create accountability for not only the hospital but the patient too. If they’re evaluated routinely, any potential problems can be caught before they become an issue.

Stay Aware

A cancer misdiagnosis lessens your clients’ faith in the medical system. It disrupts the healing process and forces your client to pay unnecessary medical bills from incorrect treatments. In the end, you end up doing irreparable harm to your reputation and your practice.

Our goal is to prevent these outcomes for everyone. Connect with us and share your story. Our team is here to help you.