Colon Cancer

The Fight for Justice Starts Here with the Baltimore Colon Cancer Lawyer

At the Kopec Law Firm, we understand the devastating impact of a colon cancer misdiagnosis. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment, and a missed or delayed diagnosis can have life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a colon cancer misdiagnosis, the Baltimore colon cancer lawyer at the Kopec Law Firm can help you.

Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that develops in the colon (large intestine) or rectum. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. While the exact causes remain under investigation, understanding the risk factors, symptoms, and available treatment options empowers individuals to take a proactive approach to their health. Accordingly, early detection is crucial to successful treatment. If you have been the victim of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of colon cancer, then you may have a medical malpractice claim. Contact the Baltimore colon cancer lawyer at the Kopec Law Firm.

Understanding Your Colon

The colon, also known as the large intestine, is a vital part of your digestive system. It’s a long, muscular tube that absorbs water and electrolytes from food waste as it moves towards the rectum for elimination. Here’s a brief breakdown of the colon’s anatomy:

  • Ascending colon: The first section that travels up the right side of the abdomen.
  • Transverse colon: Stretches across the upper abdomen.
  • Descending colon: Moves down the left side of the abdomen.
  • Sigmoid-colon: The S-shaped section leading to the rectum.

Causes and Risk Factors:

While the specific cause of colon cancer is unknown, several factors can increase your risk:

  • Age: The risk of colon cancer increases significantly after the age of 50.
  • Family history: Having a close relative with colon cancer increases your risk.
  • Lifestyle factors: Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and a diet low in fiber and high in red meat and processed foods are contributing factors.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Chronic conditions like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease increase the risk.
  • Genetic syndromes: Certain inherited genetic conditions, like Lynch syndrome, significantly elevate the risk of colon cancer.

Importance of Early Detection

Colon cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the colon. It often starts as polyps, which are abnormal growths on the inner lining. When detected early, polyps can be removed before they turn cancerous. However, if left undetected, polyps can grow and become cancerous.

Early detection of colon cancer is essential for successful treatment. When diagnosed at an early stage, colon cancer has a high cure rate. Unfortunately, a misdiagnosis can significantly delay treatment and reduce the chances of a full recovery.


It is crucial to be aware of potential symptoms of colon cancer that may develop:

  • Blood in stool: This can be bright red or dark and tarry.
  • Changes in Bowel Habits: Persistent diarrhea, constipation, or a narrow stools are potential signs.
  • Rectal bleeding: This also can occur independently of bowel movements.
  • Abdominal pain or cramping: This can be persistent or come and go.
  • Unexplained weight loss: This specifically can be a sign of advanced cancer.
  • Fatigue: This can be a general feeling of tiredness or lack of energy.

If you experience any of these symptoms, then it’s very important to consult a doctor promptly for proper diagnosis and evaluation.


Early detection of colon cancer is crucial for successful treatment. Several tests can be used for diagnosis:

  • Colonoscopy: This procedure involves inserting a long, flexible tube with a camera into the colon to examine the lining for abnormal growths.
  • Sigmoidoscopy: Similar to a colonoscopy, but it examines only the lower part of the colon and rectum.
  • Stool tests: These tests can detect hidden blood in the stool, which may be an indicator of colon cancer.
  • Imaging tests: X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs may be used to further evaluate the extent of the cancer if it’s diagnosed.

Types of Doctors Involved:

Several types of doctors may be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer:

  • Gastroenterologists: These physicians specialize in the digestive system and specifically perform colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies.
  • Oncologists: These doctors specialize in cancer treatment and may recommend surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these.
  • Surgeons: They perform surgical procedures to remove cancerous tissue and, in some cases, parts of the colon or rectum.
  • Pathologists: These doctors examine tissue samples to diagnose and confirm the type and stage of cancer.
Baltimore colon cancer lawyer
Baltimore Colon Cancer Lawyer

Stages of Colon Cancer: Time to Call the Baltimore Colon Cancer Lawyer

Once diagnosed, colon cancer is staged based on the extent of its spread:

  • Stage 0: Cancer is confined to the innermost lining of the colon.
  • Stage I: Cancer has spread through the inner wall of the colon but not to the lymph nodes.
  • Stage II: Cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
  • Stage III: Cancer has spread to more lymph nodes or other tissues in the abdomen.
  • Stage IV: Cancer has spread to distant organs, such as the liver or lungs.

The stage of the cancer is significant in determining the most appropriate treatment approach and prognosis.

Treatment Options:

The treatment of colon cancer depends on the stage and other factors like a patient’s overall health. Common treatment options include:

  • Surgery: This is the primary treatment for most stages of colon cancer. The surgeon removes the cancerous tissue and surrounding healthy tissue to ensure complete removal.
  • Chemotherapy: This uses drugs to kill cancer cells and may be used before or after surgery, depending on the stage.
  • Radiation therapy: This uses high energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells, often used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy.
  • Immunotherapy: This helps the immune system recognize and attack cancer cells and may be an option for specific types of colon cancer.

Did Your Doctor Miss the Signs?

If you experienced any of the above symptoms and your doctor failed to order appropriate tests, such as a colonoscopy, or misinterpreted the results, you may have a case for medical malpractice.

Our Approach to Colon Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases

At the Kopec Law Firm, we and our litigation partners will thoroughly investigate your case to determine if a healthcare professional deviated from the accepted standard of care, leading to a misdiagnosis of colon cancer. We will:

  • Review your medical records
  • Consult with medical experts
  • Determine the extent of your damages

We are committed to holding negligent healthcare providers accountable and helping you recover the compensation you deserve, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

More information on recoverable damages can be found on the medical malpractice page. In addition, you can read about every phase of the litigation on the process pages of this website.

Next Step: Call the Baltimore Colon Cancer Lawyer

The prognosis for colon cancer depends on various factors, including the stage of the cancer, the patient’s age and overall health, and their response to treatment. Early detection significantly improves the chances of successful treatment and survival.

If you have been the victim of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of colon cancer, then don’t wait any longer. It is time to get the justice and compensation that you deserve.

Visit our free consultation page or video. Then contact the Kopec Law Firm at 800-604-0704 to speak directly with Attorney Mark Kopec. He is a top-rated Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer. The Kopec Law Firm is in Baltimore and pursues cases throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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