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It is extremely important that when you go and see a doctor that he or she provides you with a timely and accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, it is all too common to go to a doctor in Canton and leave with a misdiagnosis. Not only can this expose you to unnecessary and sometimes harmful medications, but the delay in diagnosing what is really the problem could make the situation much more serious.

Fortunately for one man, when his cancer was misdiagnosed he ended up living longer than what he was originally told. While this is certainly a good thing, he was lucky that his non-Hodgkins lymphoma was still treatable several years later. Had it not been, that extra time easily could have been used to hopefully prevent the spread of something much more serious.

Though the patient received good news after he learned that his original diagnosis of aggressive and terminal pancreatic cancer was wrong, that does not mean that his doctor’s medical malpractice should go unnoticed. Not only was the news of impending death extremely devastating for the man to take, but his finances were also stretched as he took time off from work and tried to make plans to provide for his wife.

A jury agreed with the patient, awarding him $200,000 in his medical malpractice case. Though it is not as large as some medical malpractice cases in Ohio, it is still something to acknowledge the damage a cancer misdiagnosis can have, even if that misdiagnosis means living longer than expected.

Source: The Associated Press, “Cancer patient who was mistakenly told he’s going to die gets $200K for misdiagnosis,” June 14, 2013.