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Doctor Overlooks Abnormal Screening Test Results And Afterward Man Discovers He Has Metastatic Prostate Cancer

There are screening tests that are recommended by doctors to discover prostate cancer in men before they become symptomatic. However, even though a physician tests a male patient the tests are meaningless if the doctor fails to tell the patient, follow up with a referral to a urologist or do diagnostic testing in case of abnormal results. This can cause a delay in diagnosing the man's cancer and a worsening of the patient's likelihood of surviving the cancer. Below, we study the report of a claim that included the allegation of a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer. This occured even though his physician had data highly suggestive of cancer for from one to three years before the man's diagnosis. The case was based on the allegation of a lapse of time of from one and three years in diagnosing the male patient's prostate cancer.
A doctor saw a male patient for a physical examination. Because of the male's age, the physician conducted a physical examination of his prostate and documented that it was slightly firm on the left. A hardening of the prostate can be because of cancer. The PSA, though, came back 2.35 (a reading usually regarded to be in normal range). Virtually 2 years later, the patient returned for another physical. The physician at this point recorded no abnormalities with the prostate but the PSA test came back 4.18. This is high and shows an almost doubling of the previous reading. Moreover this reading was almost double that of the patient's PSA from 2 years earlier. But, the physician had not informed the man that there were abnormal prostate cancer screening test results that were suspicious for cancer, had not sent the man to a specialist, and had not ordered any diagnostic testing (such as a biopsy) to figure out whether the abnormal test results were due to cancer or to a benign reason. It was three years following the initial finding that the man's physician finally referred him to a Urologist (who found the cancer) after a PSA of 6.8.
By the time of the diagnosis, it turned out the the man had metastatic prostate cancer. The man went forward with a malpractice claim against his family doctor for the delayed diagnosis of the cancer. The physician, though, took the position that he never got the report of the PSA test and thus he had not known about the increase in the man's PSA. The doctor moreover took the position that the man was not injured (suffered no harm) as a result of the delay.
The law firm that represented the man published that a settlement was reached with the physician. The settlement occurred more than seven years subsequent to the person's diagnosis and he had not experienced a return of the cancer during that time. The reported amount of the settlement was $500,000.
The above is not meant to be taken as medical advice. It is also not legal advice. It is only meant to be general information. Should you have any health concerns consult with a physician right away.
The conclusion of this claim upholds the observation that in case a doctor does not follow up on abnormal test results and the resulting delay allows the person's condition and prospects to worsen that physician might be faced with a medical malpractice lawsuit. In the event that you believe you might be a victim of advanced cancer as a result of medical malpractice consult right away with a cancer lawyer.
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