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Why may oncologists be prone to mistakes?

Oncologists are physicians who provide quality health care to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. As we all know, cancer is a debilitating disease that can devastate victims and their families. While oncologists generally intend to provide their patients with the best care possible, many of them make medical errors with regard to diagnosis and recommending and administering treatment.

Misdiagnosis and treatment errors cause harm to patients

Medical malpractice can occur in many different forms. One of the most common medical mistakes involves the misdiagnosis of a patient condition, which leads to erroneous treatment. When a physician fails to diagnose a patient's illness, or incorrectly diagnoses them, the patient is the one who suffers. Some patients end up suffering severe medical complications that they would not have suffered had the doctor made an accurate and timely diagnosis.

Over one-fifth of Americans report experiencing medical errors

When we go to the doctor, we expect our doctors to diagnose our illnesses accurately and offer appropriate treatment. According to a recent survey by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago, 21 percent of American adults reported that they have personally experienced a medical error in their lifetimes. Additionally, 31 percent of adults reported that someone they cared for experienced an error. Doctor's errors can have serious consequences and leave patients and their families devastated physically, financially and emotionally.

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