With many medical conditions, time is often viewed as either an ally or enemy. When it comes to the diagnosis of cancer, however, timing can literally determine whether an individual lives or dies. Due to its pathology, prompt diagnosis and treatment of cancer is critical to ensuring that abnormal cells are not allowed to spread and affect an individual's lymph system or vital organs. In cases where a doctor fails to diagnose, misdiagnoses or delays the diagnosis of cancer; an individual may suffer tremendous physical and mental injury and even death.
Today, a young Ohio woman must face the reality that she will likely die from the cancer that was allowed to spread from her knee to her lungs. This reality alone is difficult to grasp, but knowing that her chances of survival have been reduced to only 30 percent due to the diagnostic mistakes of two doctors, is almost too much to bear.