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Lung cancer diagnosis determines the treatment protocol

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer really makes you think about your life. Once your doctors determine that you have this disease, they have to identify what type of cancer you have. The treatment course that you will follow is dependent upon a correct diagnosis.

If you aren't diagnosed properly, there is a chance that you will receive treatments that aren't effective. This could be devastating, especially with serious cancers that are treatable. If you are one of the people who finds out they are diagnosed with lung cancer, you need to find out which type you have. Here are some points to know:

Off-label drug use during labor could result in a tragedy

Pregnancy is often a time that is both terrifying and full of joyful expectation. Mothers-to-be often do anything in their power to ensure a healthy pregnancy with the hopes of giving birth to a healthy newborn. Regular doctor visits, exercise, healthy eating and even supplemental vitamins can all play a crucial role in the development of an unborn child. Sadly, all of that hard work can be undone by one medical mistake.

Many doctors who work in the OB/GYN field do so because they enjoy working with expectant mothers or new infants. Sadly, some of them are just there for the paycheck, and that can end up impacting the quality of care provided to expectant mothers and those in labor. Doctors can make decisions based on their own needs, such as speeding up labor when it is progressing properly, if too slowly for their liking.

Elder abuse: The vulnerability of our elders

Nursing home abuse has no place in current-day society. Individuals know that they're supposed to respect their elders and the people they care for. Despite that, people do still end up struggling in nursing homes. They may be left with injuries as a result of physical or emotional abuse, all of which should never have occurred to begin with.

It's estimated that around 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 have experienced elder abuse in some form. Unfortunately, not all cases go to the police, so it's estimated that only 1 in 14 cases actually gets reported.

Is someone else responsible for your mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a potentially devastating form of cancer no matter when you receive your diagnosis. It is also a cancer primarily brought on by asbestos exposure, so individuals who do develop mesothelioma should always try to identify any environments or events that may have exposed them to asbestos. It is likely that asbestos exposure caused your mesothelioma, and the party who exposed you to asbestos may hold legal liability.

It is also possible that your medical care providers negligently misdiagnosed the cancer, which may, in turn, leave them with the legal liability for it. No matter what the specifics of your mesothelioma cause and diagnosis, it is wise to assess your circumstances and determine if you can pursue a legal claim against any party responsible for your cancer.

3 signs of nursing home negligence or abuse to recognize

When your loved one is in a nursing home, you don't want to find out that he or she is in danger or has been harmed. It's devastating to know that the people who are supposed to treat your family member like their own loved ones aren't doing so.

There are many signs of nursing home abuse that you can look for. These red flags signify that something is wrong, and they should tell you it's time to transfer your loved one or to have a talk with the home's director.

  • Sudden illness

Misdiagnosis and medical malpractice

We are all grateful for the men and women who serve as doctors and other medical care professionals, but it is still frustrating and disappointing when a doctor we depend on makes the wrong call and misdiagnoses an ailment. As much as we'd like to think that misdiagnosis is only a once-in-a-while anomaly, it happens much more often than you might expect.

According to some sources, as much as one-third of all medical care administered involves some form of misdiagnosis. In some cases, this is not a factor in the overall success or failure of treatment, but when it does affect treatment, misdiagnosis can be devastating.

Were you injured by a prescribed medication?

When you take medication prescribed by a medical care professional, you want to believe that the every person who is a part of that action is properly doing their jobs. Unfortunately, many injuries result every year from individuals consuming improper medication or consuming medication that is actually far more harmful than they believe.

Prescription medication injuries can occur a number of different ways, and depending on the nature of the injury, a number of different parties may hold responsibility for an injury. If you believe that you suffered an injury because of harmful, improperly prescribed or improperly distributed medication, do not wait to begin exploring your options for fair compensation.

Questions to ask a surgeon before surgery

The skill and professionalism of a surgeon is one of those things that one rarely considers until it's time to go under the knife. After all, aren't most surgeons good at their jobs? In general, yes, most surgeons are good at their jobs, but they are also human beings who make mistakes. Some of them, unfortunately, make more frequent and more dangerous mistakes than others.

Surgeons are hard working, intelligent individuals, but not infallible. While human fallibility affects every industry, it's hard to imagine a more invasive, personal way that someone else's mistake could harm you or someone you love than the mistakes of a surgeon. It certainly makes sense to do some homework on the person charged with opening you up, to make sure you can trust them.

Ask these questions to choose the right nursing home

When it comes time to place a loved one in a Myrtle Beach nursing facility, it is important to choose one that will provide proper care. The last thing you want is to move your mother into a home where she will be at a risk of suffering nursing home abuse. Part of choosing the right facility includes doing random, unescorted walk-throughs and asking the right questions.

When you are searching for the right facility that can provide the care your mother needs at an affordable rate, it can seem like an almost impossible task. You can make the process easier by asking these questions when you meet with the nursing home administrator:

How can I avoid in-home care elder abuse?

As our loved ones age, it becomes increasingly more important to provide the help they need to maintain a good quality of life. As physical states deteriorate further and further, many families choose to hire in-home care to tend to their loved ones' needs.

Unfortunately, not every individual or company that offers in-home care is trustworthy, and in many cases, in-home care can result in elder abuse. Elder abuse is a very serious crime, and should not be overlooked, but preventing it starts before a care provider ever enters your loved one's home.

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