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Can The Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer Be Falsely Made?

You felt a lump, made the appointment, saw your doctor, and received a diagnosis that you have breast cancer. But can a diagnosis of breast cancer be falsely made? Watch the video below as Dr. Kenneth Chessick explains how false diagnoses can be made.

Some mistakes are easy to come back from. But being falsely diagnosed with breast cancer may not be one of those mistakes. Imagine being told you have breast cancer and require a mastectomy or even a double mastectomy. After having a follow-up exam, you come to learn that you in fact did not have breast cancer. The damages are irreversible.

If you feel you’ve been falsely diagnosed or have experienced some situation that has caused you damage, don’t wait. Get in touch with us at the Law Office of Kenneth Chessick today and let us get you the compensation you deserve.


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Video Transcript

0:00 Intro
0:17 Can The Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer Be Falsely Made? A Pathologist Determines Breast Cancer

Another question is whether or not the diagnosis of breast cancer after it’s made can be wrong. And the answer is yes, it can be wrong. 


0:17 Can The Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer Be Falsely Made? A Pathologist Determines Breast Cancer

The diagnosis of breast cancer can only be made by a tissue diagnosis. It’s made by a pathologist who gets a specimen from a surgeon, and then stains it, looks at it under a microscope, and looks at it to determine whether it has the characteristics that are seen in breast cancer. I have had cases as a lawyer where a patient has been misdiagnosed as having breast cancer.

In this case, the pathologist looked at the slides and flat out missed that this was not breast cancer. This was an A-typical cell but was not a cancerous cell. Told the surgeon that and that resulted in a mastectomy with a major removal of the breast of this poor lady who did not have breast cancer. We know because the pathology report on the breast that had been removed showed no evidence of breast cancer. And when looking back at the specimen of the biopsy that was interpreted, realized that the doctor just flat out missed it. He thought there were findings of breast cancer and they were not present.

This was a devastating injury on someone who did not have breast cancer. And that was the result of clear-cut negligence.