Gorovitz & Borten, P.C.
Attorneys at Law

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Framingham, Massachusetts
Tel: (781) 890-9095
Delayed Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
The life threatening nature of cancer demands that it be diagnosed and treated as
early as possible. Failure by a physician (primary care, obstetrician - gynecologist,
radiologist, surgeon or nurse practitioner) to detect cancer can mean the difference
between life and death.

Even after a referral for a mammogram or for a breast biopsy, providers of primary
breast care have an ongoing responsibility for follow-up and ensuring their patient's
needs for breast care.
Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is generally due to failure of the medical
provider to:

  • perform a breast examination
  • identify a palpable breast abnormality
  • order a screening mammogram
  • correctly interpret an abnormal mammogram
  • obtain an accurate positive family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • order genetic testing in appropriate patients
  • biopsy a breast abnormality regardless of the results of the mammogram
  • follow-up on abnormal test results
  • evaluate a breast lump during pregnancy
  • refer to surgeon for biopsy evaluation
  • compare the last mammogram with previous mammograms.

Failure to biopsy a suspicious area in the breast is a common cause of failure to
timely diagnose a breast cancer. At times, the failure is due to a primary care
physician or gynecologist's failure to refer a woman to a surgeon with expertise in
diagnosing breast cancer; in other occasions it is the surgeon's failure to perform
the biopsy a woman was referred for in the first place.
Breast biopsies are usually indicated when a patient has:

  • a breast lump
  • breast thickening
  • abnormal micro calcifications on a mammogram
  • a suspicious lesion on a mammogram

If a breast lump is discovered during a pregnancy, the urgency to diagnose the
nature of the lump is even more urgent because the hormonal changes during
pregnancy can greatly accelerate the tumor's growth. A diagnostic mammogram,
breast ultrasound and breast biopsy if indicated can be safely performed during
pregnancy. Diagnosis and treatment of a breast cancer during pregnancy takes
priority and must be discussed with the woman keeping the baby's well-being in

If you (or a loved one) are suffering from complications due to a failure to timely
diagnose, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of  breast cancer, or the
recommended screening guidelines were not followed, let
Dr. Borten and our
Boston area medical malpractice attorneys at Gorovitz & Borten evaluate your case.
We can help you assert your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
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