The Discovery of the Protein That Leads to Breast Cancer Metastasis
Breast cancer maintains its ranking as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, only behind lung cancer. Researchers, doctors, and scientists alike work around the clock attempting to find a cure for this illness that claims the lives of 40,610 women each year. This cancer becomes extremely dangerous once it reaches a level of metastasis when cancer cells spread to other parts of the body. A new breakthrough announces the discovery of the cause of metastasis and potential treatment to prevent it. However, what if you are one of the patients who received a breast cancer misdiagnosis?New Findings
Insulin-like growth factors (IGF) are ever present in our bodies. IGF are hormones which stimulate growth, regeneration, and reproduction of cells. These cells are particularly useful through our childhood and teenage years. Our body begins producing less of these hormones, slowing IGF production around the age of 30. However, in the new study, breast cancer tumor cells produce IGF themselves, allowing them to grow and spread throughout the body. High IGF levels positively correlated to the tumor progression in 75 percent of the cases analyzed. Upon this discovery, researchers began implementing an IGF blocker in conjunction with a chemotherapy drug. The combination created a significant reduction in tumor cell proliferation and lung metastasis.Commonly Misdiagnosed
It is no secret that cancer rates are higher than in previous decades, correlating directly with medical advancements. Approximately 1.3 million people receive a cancer diagnosis every year. The discovery is life-altering. Patients face medical struggles in addition to emotional, physical, and financial battles in an attempt to combat this enemy within their own body. However, for approximately one in 71 cancer patients, there was never any cancer to fight. For these people, the revelation is like waking up from a nightmare, except with the lingering financial and emotional costs.Who is at Fault?
Cancer diagnosis occurs the same way as 50 years ago: with a tissue sample on a slide by a pathologist. Tissue from the breast is commonly misdiagnosed and should receive a second opinion from an expert pathologist before beginning treatment. More frequently, cancer is there, but not progressing at the rate initially diagnosed.
At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. we understand the financial and emotional burden a misdiagnosis can have on your family. All too often, the incident is preventable and results from the negligence of someone on the medical staff. Contact a San Jose, CA medical malpractice lawyer today to begin investigating your case. Call us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your free personalized consultation.Sources