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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.

About misdiagnosis:

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.


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