Diagnosis and misdiagnosis of testicular cancer

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Many Texas men may be concerned about the dangers posed by testicular cancer. Like other forms of cancer, it is a progressive disease. It can become worse and spread throughout the body, making treatment more difficult, when a diagnosis is delayed or missed. In most cases, people become aware of it when they find a painless, hardened lump inside the testicle. Some men may conduct testicular self-exams on a regular basis in order to detect lumps and other changes. Like other types of lumps found throughout the body, most are not malignant. However, in order to ensure that any testicular tumor is benign, a medical examination is necessary.
In most cases, physicians will first use ultrasound to examine the area for the presence of a tumor. They may also order blood tests to detect certain substances called tumor markers, which are more likely to appear when a person has cancer. A surgical biopsy or removal of the affected testicle may be performed if cancer is strongly suspected or confirmed. Of course, if cancer is found, it can also be important to check to see if it has spread.
The process of a cancer diagnosis can involve a number of laboratory and physical tests. In order for a doctor to make a correct diagnosis, it is important that these tests are evaluated correctly. In many cases, a cancer misdiagnosis is tied to a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of these test results.
The failure to diagnose cancer can lead to serious problems, including a worsened health condition and costly medical bills. A medical malpractice attorney may help victims by reviewing their cases and moving forward to seek compensation.