Unlike chemotherapy, the side effects related to immunotherapy are considered mild. However, years of study have given medical experts a firm understanding of chemotherapy side effects, making them very predictable. The same cannot be said of immunotherapy, which has led to a higher propensity for misdiagnosis in Texas and across the United States.
Immunotherapy has only recently gained significant acceptance among the medical community. Immunotherapy differs from chemotherapy in that instead of attacking the cancerous cells, it boosts the healthy cells that fight off cancer. Much like the results of immunotherapy, the side effects significantly differ from chemotherapy as well.
Immunotherapy side effects are often confused with the flu and can include nausea, fever, fatigue and muscle ache. These side effects are prevalent given that the body responds to immunotherapy as if it was fighting a viral infection. Because immunotherapy is relatively new, many doctors are unable to differentiate side effects with the flu and misdiagnose immunotherapy side effects. These types of misdiagnoses are compounded by the fact that side effects can occur anywhere on the body. These mistakes could be fatal if not quickly corrected.
The consequences of misdiagnosed side effects of immunotherapy are severe. The longer the side effects are allowed to persist, the more likely a patient could suffer permanent tissue damage or even death. Any individual suffering injuries due to a misdiagnosis of immunotherapy side effects may have a claim for damages against their doctor. This claim might include medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An attorney with experience in medical malpractice law may be able to help an individual obtain a settlement for those damages.