If you have found it difficult to find a physician with the knowledge required to treat your bone or soft tissue tumor, you are not alone. These unusual and complicated conditions are not routinely treated by most physicians.

A Few Words About Diagnostic Delay in Musculoskeletal Tumors

Delay in diagnosis of tumors remains a major source of concern for patients and physicians alike. Early on, the symptoms of these tumors mimic those of common sprains, strains, bumps and bruises. Tumors can be misdiagnosed, missed, or mistreated for weeks, months, and even years. Unfortunately, delay and mistreatment in these tumors can have serious consequences.

The causes of diagnostic delay are many. The early symptoms may be vague and misleading. Initial radiographs may be normal or the findings may be so subtle that they escape detection. Sometimes the caregiver takes a sketchy medical history or performs an incomplete physical examination, and as a result the whole course of treatment is set off in the wrong direction.

If you would like to consider having a consultation by Dr. DeGroot, we invite you to contact our offices for information on how this can be accomplished.