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Signs of Chemo Overdose for Cancer Treatment


Chemotherapy is one of the most common forms of cancer care, but it is important to realize that the medications introduced into your body are intentionally toxins. Though these chemicals are meant to destroy cancerous cells, they can affect other organs and tissues. As a result, there are certain side effects to expect according to Cancer.org, including:

  • Fatigue;
  • Hair loss;
  • Infection;
  • Nerve problems, such as numbness and tingling;
  • Urine, bladder, and kidney issues;
  • Fertility problems; and,
  • Many others.

However, there is a point where side effects of chemotherapy lead to more than discomfort and minor pain – potentially leading to serious medical conditions. Under such circumstances, you may have experienced chemo overdose through your physician’s error. You may have rights through a medical malpractice claim, and a Florida cancer malpractice lawyer can describe them in more detail. Some background information may also be helpful.

Chemo Overdose Symptoms: Any of the chemotherapy side effects mentioned above can be a concern, but they are normal in most cases. Still, you could be experiencing chemo overdose if you note any of the following symptoms: 

  • Extremely slow heart rate;
  • Acute myocardial infarction, i.e., heart attack;
  • Seizures;
  • Changes or pain in urination;
  • Unusually slow breathing rate;
  • Coma;
  • Agonizing pain;
  • Severe diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting;
  • High fever; or,
  • Excessive bleeding.

It is crucial to seek proper medical attention if you suffer from any of these symptoms, either at an urgent care center or emergency room. There are various forms of treatment to counter the effects, including an antidote for chemo overdose.

Your Rights After a Chemo Overdose: Once you receive treatment and your health is under control, you may want to consider your legal options for chemotherapy overdose. You may not yet realize how this type of cancer malpractice can affect your life, but you will sustain physical, emotional, and financial losses. The key is being able to prove the elements of a medical malpractice claim under Florida law, which are:

  • The existence of a patient-physician relationship;
  • The relevant standard of care, which refers to what a hypothetical oncologist would have done in administering chemotherapy for your cancer;
  • A departure from this standard, where your physician did NOT provide care in accordance with the hypothetical doctor’s approach; and,
  • A link between your doctor’s breach of care and the chemo overdose that caused you harm.

Your med mal lawyer can assist with gathering evidence and developing a legal strategy around these essential elements. In a successful claim, you may be able to recover for the medical costs to treat your chemo therapy injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other types of monetary damages.

Talk to a Florida Cancer Malpractice Attorney About Your Remedies 

If you have concerns about whether you suffered chemo overdose instead of the typical side effects of treatment, please contact the Miami cancer malpractice lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. right away. There could be health care provider negligence behind improper administration of these medications, so you may qualify to recover compensation through a medical malpractice action. We can explain more during a free consultation in our offices.




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