I'm newly diagnosed with rectal cancer at age 33. Am going through a lot of frustration about how I and others missed detecting the cancer earlier, which I imagine is pretty common.
Interested in anyone's views on seeing lawyers at some point. My priority, of course, should be treating my cancer, but I guess I need to vent some about the "only ifs".
I went to my primary physician around 6 or 7 years ago because I had blood in my stool. She did a brief visual inspection with some kind of instrument and told me that I just had hemmorhoids. I sat in her office for a long time questioning her about it, but was dismissed.
My tumor that was found last week is fairly large. If she had done a sigmoidoscopy then, she may have seen at least some pre-cancerous growth.
I ignored blood in my stool for years. Last year I began having more blood and IBS type symptoms (urge to go often, cramping). I went to primary physician asking for a referall to see a gastroenterologist. I was basically denied the referal and put on IBS medicine.
A 3 cm tumor was found last week and today they saw a golf ball size mass in my liver, but it hasn't been confirmed as cancer.
Well, probably shouldn't spend too much energy on this now, but if anyone has had experience with lawyers and malpractice I would appreciate hearing about it.