Cancer survivor fights another battle: medical malpractice

Being diagnosed with Cancer is everyone’s worst nightmare. Undergoing treatment for cancer is a grueling process. It’s hard enough battling the disease; patients shouldn’t have to worry about a mistake or doctor negligence leading to worsened conditions on top of everything else. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can happen to anyone, anywhere—even cancer patients.

A woman who beat breast cancer should be celebrating a dream come true. Instead, she is living another nightmare. In 2011, she was having difficulty breathing. A routine x-ray revealed what was causing the problem: a small piece of a medical device—referred to as a port—that was supposed to have been removed four years ago when she finished chemotherapy. It is unknown if the device was faulty or if the doctor made a mistake when removing it. The fragment from medical device has since moved from her chest and attached itself to her jugular vein. Doctors feel removing the fragment surgically could be fatal; yet leaving it in could have the same consequence. Once again, the woman was faced with a life and death decision. She ultimately decided against the surgery and has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital.

We expect a reasonable standard of care when we go to medical professionals for help. When mistakes are made, the outcome can be devastating. Those who suffer from medical malpractice may want to consult with an attorney regarding their rights. They may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, additional medical expenses and, in the worst case scenario, funeral expenses. Filing a lawsuit is not just for monetary purposes, however. It also sends a message to the negligent party and can prevent something similar from happening to other patients.

Source:, “I-Team: Woman sues hospital over device left in body,” Parker Gavigan, June 7, 2013

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