At Clark and Steinhorn we encounter many cases of medical negligence or malpractice involving mistaken or failed diagnosis in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
One such area involved is mistaken diagnoses of renal or kidney cancer. Tragically our firm has had occasion to represent the victims of such mistaken or failed diagnoses and their families left behind. It is estimated that in 2011 more than 60,000 new cases of kidney cancer have been diagnosed in the United States this year and that more than 13,000 have died because of it this year.
The mortality rate for renal cancer is a function of the nature and location of the tumor along with the tumors staging.
The incidence of kidney cancer is significantly higher among men and its overall rate in our society is increasing although the reasons for this are unknown.
Symptoms that may be indicative of renal cancer include blood in urine, back pain just below the ribs that will not go away, weight loss, fatigue and fever. Unfortunately, these symptoms are typically indicative of a more advanced stage of renal cancer with accompanying greater risk of death.
If you suspect that you may have kidney cancer see a physician immediately. You can anticipate blood tests, urine tests and imaging tests such as Ct scan, ultrasound, and MRI.