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Failure to Diagnose Archives

Spending enough time with a physician to get a diagnosis

Pennsylvania patients may not be spending enough time with their doctors during an appointment. This can lead to a misdiagnosis or even the failure to get a diagnosis at all. According to a survey, part of the reason for this may be due to severe burnout being suffered by medical professionals.

Procedures for cancer diagnosis

Cancer screening procedures in Pennsylvania and in the rest of the country fall into two categories: imaging testing and tissue testing. An imaging test could be an ultrasound, an X-ray, an MRI, a CT scan or a PET scan. A tissue test is usually a type of biopsy after which the sample collected by the doctor is examined in a lab. In either case, patients need to know what kinds of substances and waves will be used in the procedures.

Treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer for Pennsylvania patients. It tends to stay on the top layer of skin for long periods of time, but will eventually invade deeper tissues if left untreated. In rare cases, the disease may spread to other organs of the body, placing a patient's life in danger.

Detecting paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer

Pennsylvania doctors can diagnose cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinus in different ways. They can also conduct tests to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the patient's body. A biopsy is used to determine if cancer is a in a specific area of the body. It entails obtaining a small amount of tissue to have it examined in a laboratory. Biopsies can be used for a majority of cancers, but other means may be recommended if it is impossible to perform the procedure.

Fat-shaming by doctors

Many Pennsylvanians who struggle with their weight may face fat-shaming. Unfortunately, this negative behavior often occurs in doctors' offices. This type of biased treatment may have harmful effects on their mental and physical well-being.

Doctors could be measuring blood pressure improperly

Pennsylvania patients who regularly have their blood pressure checked with a manual device may be at risk for a high blood pressure misdiagnosis. If patients are prescribed medication after being misdiagnosed, they may suffer from side effects without getting any benefits.

Cancer diagnoses trigger strong emotions in people

Cancer in its many forms touches the lives of many Pennsylvanians either through direct experience or relationships with people who have the disease. The news that U.S. Senator John McCain has brain cancer prompted one writer to reflect upon how the disease altered her perspective on life.