Last Updated on June 5, 2024

Can I Sue If I’ve Been Diagnosed with Basal Cell Skin Cancer Late?

Yes, patients can sue for a medical malpractice case if they receive a late diagnosis of basal cell skin cancer as a result of medical misconduct. Filing a lawsuit can cover the following for the victims’ and their families:

  • Monetary compensation for the patient’s suffering,
  • Lost earnings,
  • Medical costs, and
  • To hold healthcare professionals responsible for their conduct.

When skin cancer is discovered early enough, there is a good chance of survival because most skin cancer forms are treatable. However, if a doctor misdiagnoses the disease and delays the correct treatment for an extended period, some skin cancer can spread quickly to other regions of the body.

In the US alone, an estimated 3.6 million cases are diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma yearly. This high number of cases is concerning for the general population.

No one should suffer the experience of being diagnosed late with basal cell skin cancer due to negligence. Let our medical malpractice experts lend a helping hand in managing your claim and handling your case.

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Stages of Basal Cell Skin Cancer and its Symptoms

The stages are 0 to 4, with higher numbers denoting more severe variants of cancer. Most cancer experts use the scale shown below:

Stage of Skin Cancer Medical Description
Stage 0Cancer is present only in the epidermis, not spread to deeper layers or lymph nodes.
Stage 1Skin cancer smaller than 2cm, not spread to lymph nodes or organs, but may have one high-risk factor.
Stage 2Larger than 2cm, not spread to lymph nodes or organs, but have two or more high-risk factors.
Stage 3Cancers have spread to local lymph nodes or facial bones but not to other organs.
Stage 4Cancers have spread to several lymph nodes, bones, or other organs, regardless of size.

The increasing phases depict the consequences of skin cancer if it is not identified early. The longer a diagnosis is put off or mishandled, the more it will hurt the patient and eventually make it difficult to continue or undertake new treatment.  

It’s crucial to recognize early symptoms of cancer to stop the disease from progressing. Especially since skin growths or blemishes caused by basal cell carcinoma may take longer to cure than anticipated (approximately two months). These anomalies might manifest as:

  • Shiny or translucent pearly bump
  • Small, flat, firm growth in pink, red, blue, brown, or black
  • White, waxy, scar-like patch
  • Dome-shaped lesion with a depressed center
  • Raised growth with visible blood vessels

Furthermore, you may see that a lesion seems to be mending only to return, break down, and begin bleeding readily once more. This ongoing healing cycle may indicate that basal cell cancer is present.

Treatment Options and Expenses

If you’ve been diagnosed with a small or early basal cell skin cancer, your physician will remove the cancer through these common cancer therapy options:

Treatment MethodProcess
Electrodessication and curettageScraping off the cancer with a curette, then burning the base with an electric needle. May be repeated for complete removal.
SurgeryExcision (removing cancer with a margin of healthy skin) or Mohs surgery (precise removal in layers, examining each under a microscope).
CryotherapyFreeze the cancer with liquid nitrogen, then remove the frozen tissue. Used for small, superficial cancers.
ChemotherapyPills or injections to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Topical creams may be used for superficial cancers.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)Applying a light-sensitive agent, then exposing the area to blue light to destroy cancer cells. Used for superficial cancers, especially on the face.
Laser therapyUsing high-energy laser beams to vaporize or remove cancerous tissue. Results in less scarring compared to surgery.

The type of therapy that is best for the patient and the locations where the skin cancer grows determines the treatment expenses for a patient with basal cell skin cancer. The following latest data may help you understand how much it costs for various kinds of therapy:

Therapy Skin Areas Cost Range
Curettage and Electrodesiccation (C&E)Area M (cheeks, forehead, scalp, neck, jawline, pretibial surface)$143
Mohs Micrographic Surgery (MMS) and Simple ReconstructionArea M $1,221
CryosurgeryArea M

Area L (trunk and extremities, excluding pretibial surface, hands, feet, nail units, and ankles) or in Area M based on size
$143

$183
RadiationNot specified$465–$3,311
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)Area L$354–$371
VismodegibNot specified$139,560
SonidegibNot specified$144,452
CisplatinNot specified~$44.50
Cemiplimab-rwlcNot specifiedAt least $184,836

Anyone afflicted with cancer finds it stressful, considering the complexity of the operations and their high cost. Patients and their families can avoid experiencing emotional and financial challenges by receiving early detection and treatment.

If your loved one has been misdiagnosed late with cancer, our skilled lawyers can help them with the legal process, assist them in getting the compensation they are entitled to, and obtain the fairness they deserve.

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Establishing a Claim for Compensation

To establish a claim due to a late medical diagnosis or an erroneous diagnosis, you will need to prove these elements:

Duty of Care – Was there an appropriate doctor-patient relationship?
Breach of Duty – Did your doctor perform poorly/negligently based on accepted standards of care?
Causation – Did your doctor’s actions/inactions directly cause you harm?
Damages – What did these errors cost you?

Our attorneys can help you gather evidence, consult medical experts, and build a strong compensation case

Speak to a Skin Cancer Lawyer Today

At the Porter Law Group, our team of proven medical malpractice lawyers delivers ideal results. We take pride in helping families rebuild after unfavorable circumstances.  

We operate on a contingency basis – meaning you do not need to pay us anything unless we win your case. Through this approach, we can better support families during their times of need.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, please reach out to us for a non-obligatory free case evaluation. You can also contact us at 833-PORTER9 or info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a consultation.

Written By
Eric C. Nordby
Personal Injury Attorney
Eric, with nearly three decades of experience in personal injury litigation, holds a law degree with honors from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University. His extensive career encompasses diverse state and federal cases, resulting in substantial client recoveries, and he actively engages in legal associations while frequently lecturing on legal topics.
Legally Reviewed on June 5, 2024
Michael S. Porter
Personal Injury Attorney
Originally from Upstate New York, Mike built a distinguished legal career after graduating from Harvard University and earning his juris doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, gaining expertise in trial work, and is now a respected trial attorney known for securing multiple million-dollar results for his clients while actively participating in legal organizations across Upstate NY.
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