Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases

At Ikuta Hemesath LLP, we understand the profound impact a breast cancer misdiagnosis can have on patients and their families. Our firm is distinguished by our dedicated team of experts, including highly experienced oncologists, who provide critical insights and support for our cases. We are committed to achieving justice for our clients by proving both the violation of the standard of care and the causation of harm, which are crucial in medical malpractice cases.

Understanding Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires timely and accurate diagnosis for effective treatment. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and better outcomes for patients. Breast cancer is primarily categorized into several stages based on its progression.

Survival Rates:

  1. Localized Breast Cancer:
    • No spread outside the breast.
    • 5-Year Survival Rate: Approximately 99%.
  2. Regional Breast Cancer:
    • Spread to nearby structures or lymph nodes.
      5-Year Survival Rate: Approximately 86%.
  3. Distant Breast Cancer:
    • Spread to distant body parts such as the lungs, liver, or bones.
    • 5-Year Survival Rate: Approximately 29%

Types of Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases

Breast cancer misdiagnosis can occur at various stages and due to different types of medical negligence:

  • Radiology Errors: Failure to identify or properly interpret mammograms, MRIs, or ultrasounds.
  • OBGYN/Family Practitioner Errors: Not reporting concerning results or timely acting on palpable lumps.
  • Failure to Diagnose Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS): DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer that can become invasive if not diagnosed and treated early. Delays in diagnosing DCIS can lead to more severe outcomes.

Our Expertise in Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases in Orange County

Ikuta Hemesath LLP is uniquely equipped to handle the challenge of breast cancer misdiagnosis cases in Orange County and all of California. Our team includes expert oncologists who can provide detailed and authoritative testimony regarding the standard of care and the impact of delayed diagnosis on a patient’s prognosis. This expertise is crucial in building a compelling case and securing the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Risk Factors and Importance of Timely Mammograms

Breast cancer can affect any woman, but certain factors can increase the risk:

  • Family History: Women with a family history of breast cancer are at a higher risk.
  • Genetic Factors: Mutations in genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 significantly increase the risk.
  • Age: The risk increases with age, particularly after 50.
  • Reproductive History: Early menstruation, late menopause, and having children later in life or not at all can increase risk.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Obesity, alcohol consumption, and lack of physical activity are linked to higher risk.


Regular mammograms are crucial for early detection of breast cancer. The Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) ensures that mammography facilities provide quality care. However, violations of MQSA standards can lead to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. Our firm has handled cases where providers have violated MQSA, resulting in severe consequences for patients

The Trauma of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A breast cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event that brings immense physical, emotional, and financial challenges. The trauma extends beyond the individual to their family and loved ones, impacting daily life, future plans, and overall well-being. The rigorous treatment process, which often includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, can be physically and emotionally exhausting.

Challenges in Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases

Breast cancer misdiagnosis cases are complex and require proving two main points:

  1. Standard of Care Violation: Demonstrating that the healthcare provider failed to meet the accepted standard of care in diagnosing or following up on breast cancer indicators.
  2. Causation of Harm: Establishing that this failure directly caused harm to the patient, such as a significantly worse prognosis or outcome than if the cancer had been detected and treated earlier.

Legal Support for Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

At Ikuta Hemesath LLP, we are dedicated to advocating for patients who have suffered due to medical negligence. If you or a loved one has experienced a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer, please contact us for a consultation. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you navigate your legal options and pursue the compensation you deserve.

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Phone: (949) 229-5654
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Address: 1327 North Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706

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