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Women in Kentucky may mistake the early indications of ovarian cancer with less serious issues. According to a cancer expert, such errors can lower the chances that treatment will be successful.

Test used to stage prostate cancer may not be reliable

Men in the state of Kentucky and across the United States who have prostate cancer may not have received the most reliable information regarding the state of their disease. Researchers have found that a common diagnostic tool for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography (PET) scan, may have a major pitfall. Researchers are urging medical professionals not to rely solely on the PSMA PET scan when staging prostate cancer.

Startling facts about radiology-related malpractice revealed

Coverys, the liability insurance provider that covers medical practitioners, recently reported the findings of a study it conducted on radiology-related claims. Researchers analyzed over 10,000 closed claims spanning from 2013 to 2017, and they were able to identify major risk factors and safety issues. Kentucky residents who need to undergo X-rays or other radiological procedure should take note.

Burnout may be to blame for many medical mistakes

Kentucky residents who work in high-stress environments that involve many intense interactions with others are at a high risk for burnout. This reversible condition is characterized by physical fatigue and emotional exhaustion, sometimes revealing itself in cynicism, depression and thoughts of suicide. A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings has revealed that more than half of all doctors in the nation suffer burnout.

An accurate diagnosis can be elusive for women

When female patients are evaluated for heart disease, they face a 50 percent possibility of being misdiagnosed; when they are admitted to the emergency room with stroke symptoms, they are 30 percent more likely to be misdiagnosed than male patients. In the case of diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, women often have to get five medical opinions over more than four years before they can get an accurate diagnosis.

Study shows advance in pancreatic cancer treatment

Pancreatic cancer is a notoriously difficult-to-treat condition for patients in Kentucky and across the United States. Because the cancer is so rarely diagnosed at an early stage, there is often little opportunity to treat it with surgery before it spreads to surrounding organs. However, a recent discovery presented at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference has highlighted a potential for increased survival for some pancreatic cancer patients.

Chemo may be unnecessary for some breast cancer patients

A promising study indicates that many Kentucky women diagnosed with breast cancer may not need to undergo chemotherapy in order to prevent a cancer recurrence in the future. For around 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with one common form of breast cancer in an early stage, hormone therapy can be sufficient to fully treat their cancer. The study, presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, emphasizes the use of a 21-gene expression test.

Study finds AMD being misdiagnosed

Up to 25 percent of age-related macular degeneration cases may have been missed by eye care professionals according to a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. This condition largely impacts Kentucky residents and other Americans who are age 50 and older. Those who have it could lose their vision permanently. To obtain the data for the survey, researchers from the University of Alabama took a second look at 664 patients who had an average age of 69.

Exagen promotes lupus awareness month by offering AVISE test

Every year, May is Lupus Awareness Month across Kentucky and the rest of the country. Despite the severity of the disease, recent polling shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans are not familiar with the disease. This is unusual given 5 million people have lupus worldwide.

Diagnosis errors the top cause of medical malpractice claims

Kentucky readers may be concerned to learn that diagnostic errors are the top cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States. A recent study was conducted by Coverys, a Boston-based medical liability insurer.

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