A man in his mid to late 40s visited his doctor with concerns of prostate cancer. This was due to the fact that his father and other family members had died due to prostate cancer. The doctor agreed that it was time to begin screening the patient for prostate cancer. As a result, a PSA was done and it revealed a 1.5.
One year later, the patient goes back to the doctor for a physical and another PSA was done. This time the number had doubled and the doctor reassured the patient that things were ok. Over the next two years the patient returned to his doctor but PSAs were not done. The patient complained to the doctor about this but the doctor repeatedly told him that the tests were done and that he had reviewed the results. Nothing was out of the ordinary.
Fast forward in time and the patient was able to contact the doctor and finally get the doctor to perform a PSA. Once it was done, it revealed a score of over 12. The patient had developed prostate cancer and eventually died as a result of the cancer.
A review of the records showed that the doctor was not performing the tests and that the patient was indeed voicing concerns and complaints. In addition, if the patient’s condition would have been monitored better, the patient would have had a good chance of survival with treatment.
If you think that your doctor has not been listening to your complaints, or performing screening tests for your prostate cancer, and these failures have contributed to your prostate cancer being misdiagnosed, we invite you to pick up the phone and give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We answer Maryland medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to hear your story. Here at Boston Law Group, LLC we are in the business of providing educational information to the public regarding Maryland medical malpractice law…it’s what we do!