Earlier this week, we wrote about a recent publication from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in which a panel of doctors released a list of five cancer tests and treatments that they say should no longer be offered to patients.
Recently, a task force with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a controversial list containing five common tests and treatments that the panel says should no longer be offered to cancer patients. The procedures on the list, the panel said, have not been shown to help cancer patients live longer and may actually have a detrimental effect, significantly decreasing quality of life and harming patients' health.
After undergoing an unnecessary bilateral mastectomy to remove a benign tumor, a woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the doctor that mistakenly diagnosed her tumor as malignant. Because of the negligence she encountered during the breast cancer diagnosis process, the woman claims, she needlessly suffered pain, disability, disfigurement and lost wages, for which she is seeking damages.
A new study has garnered significant attention from the medical community in New Jersey and throughout the country. Taking on the controversial debate over breast cancer and mammograms, the study reportedly found that women are actually being overdiagnosed with breast cancer, with a significant potential for harm from unnecessary chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Although this case did not take place in New Jersey, it provides a unique example of the potentially life-changing harm that can take place following a misdiagnosis of breast cancer. Normally, plaintiffs file medical malpractice lawsuits after doctors have failed to properly diagnose them, causing them to wait to seek treatment until their diseases are irreversibly advanced.
When a 50-year-old woman discovered a marble-sized lump in her breast, she went to her doctor for a mammogram, hoping and praying that she did not have breast cancer. She thought her prayers were granted when her doctor concluded that there was "no evidence of malignancy" in the lump. He did not order any additional tests, and she trusted his diagnosis.
Earlier this week, we discussed the troubling fact that few hospitals regularly perform autopsies on deceased patients today. In teaching hospitals, which have a mission of educating young medical professionals, the autopsy rate is currently around 20 percent. Private and community hospitals, which make up about 80 percent of such facilities in New Jersey and throughout the U.S., rarely conduct autopsies.
If a member of your family suddenly and inexplicably passed away at a hospital or medical facility, you would certainly want to know the reason for his or her death. However, in most hospitals today, that most likely won't be an option. This is because many health care facilities have phased out autopsies almost completely, largely due to cost and apprehension about medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuits being filed against them.
In February 2008, a woman underwent an elective hysterectomy at a Navy medical center. Not long after the procedure, she began to feel severe pain and discomfort in her abdomen, which was not an expected side effect of the procedure. She returned to the medical center several times, complaining of pain and pressure, but her symptoms were neither seriously investigated nor treated. In July 2009, more than one year after she had been experiencing pain, an emergency room doctor finally ordered a CT scan. The scan showed a foreign object in the woman's pelvis, which was later found to be a piece of a medical instrument used during the hysterectomy.