Misdiagnosis of Metastatic cancer
Alternative diagnoses list for Metastatic cancer:
For a diagnosis of Metastatic cancer,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Metastatic cancer:
- Chronic debilitating disorders
Diseases for which Metastatic cancer may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Metastatic cancer
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Rare Types of Metastatic cancer:
Metastatic cancer: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Metastatic cancer: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Metastatic cancer
Spitz nevi misdiagnosed as dangerous melanoma skin cancer: One possible misdiagnosis to
consider in lieu of melanoma is spitz nevi.
See melanoma and spitz nevi.
Metastatic cancer: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
Failure To Diagnose Metastatic cancer
Failure to diagnose Metastatic cancer may be associated with the following:
- The failure to diagnose a primary cancer often results in metastatic cancer which is much harder to treat and generally has a poorer prognosis
- Swollen lymph nodes caused by a metastatic cancer may be misdiagnosed as being caused by an infection or the use of certain medications that are known to cause enlarged lymph nodes. Further investigation is required if there is any doubt as to the cause of the swollen lymph nodes
- Even if metastatic cancer is diagnosed, in some cases the primary cancer is unable to be located which can make treatment and expected outcome more difficult to determine. Thus, the overall survival rates for metastatic cancer with an unknown primary site are very poor
- The generalized symptoms (fatigue, weight loss, malaise, weakness) often associated with advanced metastatic cancer may be misdiagnosed as any of a number of chronic debilitating disease or may simply be attributed to old age in elderly patients. For example, symptoms of metastatic cancer may be misdiagnosed as a chronic respiratory disorder
- Even metastatic cancer may not be diagnosed until the late stages as specific symptoms may not present until the cancer is quite advance
- The primary cancer may produce no symptoms at all and even when it metastasizes there may be few if any symptoms. Sometimes metastatic cancer is only discovered through routine examinations such as x-rays
Notes On Hidden Causes Of Metastatic cancer
The following may be hidden causes of Metastatic cancer:
- Risk factors for metastatic cancer tend to be the same as for cancer in general: smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to radiation, exposure to carcinogens, genetic predisposition, type of cancer, certain viruses and exposure to certain toxins
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Metastatic cancer:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Metastatic cancer:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Metastatic cancer
or confirming a diagnosis of Metastatic cancer,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Metastatic cancer may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Metastatic cancer.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.