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Re: Things that puzzle me about PCa #7 in an endless series – malpractice

I think you missed the point. The surgeon said he was going to remove my prostate using the most advanced tool available. Despite using a magnified 3D vision system and computer assisted manipulators, he missed half of it. When my PSA didn't go down, he was unable to find the cause (remaining prostate tissue) that another doctor found right away. To me, that sounds like he made serious mistakes during and after the procedure.

Re: Things that puzzle me about PCa #7 in an endless series – malpractice

Paul, medical malpractice is interesting. It's not enough to violate best practices. although that's the first test, the second is proving that you had at least a 50% chance of better outcome if he had followed the standard. that's a really tough one to document. It's so much easier when the test is did he/she remove something he should not have - like the wrong kidney. Sounds like your care was terrible, just as was the case for my husband. My husband's outcome is widely metastatic cancer 4 years after being turned away from post surgical external beam radiation to the prostate bed by a radiologist who was anticipating distant metastases in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Of course I have to credit our belief in a substandard care system too.

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