Double Masectomy Unnecessary! - page 3

Did any of you happen to see "The Today Show" this morning? They did an interview with a woman, and of course her lawyer, who had a double masectomy because she was told she had breast cancer. Then... Read More

  1. by   annies
    IMHO - Fire the doctor and anyone else that was responsible for the error, revoke licenses and certifications and make sure they NEVER work in health care again. I am tired of listening to the malpractice insurance blues. The insurance rates go up everytime some butcher screws up and amputates the wrong leg, or the insurance company is notified about the physician's cocaine addiction or the latest DUI charge.

    Sorry, just needed to vent, climbing down off my soap box now.

    Annie
  2. by   mona b RN
    You know what's really scary about this whole thing is the fact that this probably happens a whole lot more than we know. I feel bad for both of these women. The damage is done.

    mona b
  3. by   emily_mom
    http://www.leadertelegram.com/story.asp?id=21456

    This woman doesn't live far from me. Terrible..... I would like to know how this other woman is doing though. They just said that they contacted her and treated her.

    Hmm....do you think they will take those charges off of her bill and treat her for free? Maybe reconstruct her breasts for free. I know it's not the same, but at least it's something.

    On the news tonight, they said that her attorney is pro bono...was so sickened by what happened (aka camera time...).

    I also want to know what they are doing to the doctors and pathologists responsible for this....prob a slap on the wrist....

    Kristy
  4. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by susanmary
    What ABOUT the woman who actually HAD the cancer & ended up putting off treatment as SHE was not diagnosed? Did they cover this on the show? What a horrible story...
    Good point.
  5. by   Q.
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    In that case, a man who undergoes a bil. orchiectomy for test. CA, and then is told, "Oops, you don't have cancer...nevermind", should be glad he doesn't have CA...and his wife should be happy, too.
    I don't agree that this is a parallel comparison. Breasts are not reproductive organs and do not effect the ability to have a child. This would only be the same if she had a total hyst.

    And yes, I still think they should be happy they don't have cancer. I think we're forgetting the big picture: a life without breasts, or a life? Millions of women make this very decision all the time.

    This woman should be compensated for all medical expenses related to the surgery and any post-op complications, and perhaps reconstruction if she wishes. But I would not compensate her on the basis that she was traumatized because she was told that she is really cancer free. I don't see any trauma there. A few months ago she was given a death sentence so to speak, and now she's healthy. I feel that that is compensation enough.
    Last edit by Susy K on Jan 21, '03
  6. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Ok on that note : Its the principal of the matter: But your correct IT WOULD BE LIKE HAVING YOUR PENIS REMOVED!!!!!!
    Since your penis isnt a member of the necessary organ to create a child its just a delivery system. Like Breasts just feed the infant but not necessary for child birth. The Penis is just an delivery system for sperm the testicles are the only needed sex organ.
    Smiles
    Hows your Penis today ???
    How about whoops, but its ok You dont have cancer...
    Zoe
  7. by   Q.
    Originally posted by ITSJUSTMEZOE
    Ok on that note : Its the principal of the matter: But your correct IT WOULD BE LIKE HAVING YOUR PENIS REMOVED!!!!!!
    Since your penis isnt a member of the necessary organ to create a child its just a delivery system. Like Breasts just feed the infant but not necessary for child birth. The Penis is just an delivery system for sperm the testicles are the only needed sex organ.
    Smiles
    Hows your Penis today ???
    How about whoops, but its ok You dont have cancer...
    Zoe
    Zoe, now you're being weird. Your penis is indeed a needed reproductive organ. You know this. And I still don't think breasts can be compared to a testicle or penis or anything else needed for childbearing. Why? Ask my friend Angela, who had breast cancer at the age of 26. She just had her first child.
  8. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Well I hate to tell you But a penis isnt needed in child birth at all.
    Ever heard of Invetro? Donor sperm? Sperm retrieval?
    Its not necessary....., Its about as necessary as a set of breasts are I think that would be a nice comparrison.
    Sorry but some D*cks just arent needed.
    Zoe
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Susy K
    But I would not compensate her on the basis that she was traumatized because she was told that she is really cancer free. I don't see any trauma there.
    No, that would be wonderful, and I'm sure millions of people would kill to hear that. The compensation is for being told she had cancer, that IS traumatic. For the majorly disfiguring surgical procedure. That IS traumatic. For having to prematurely ponder her own mortality. That IS traumatic. These are things she is left with that are still painful no matter how many times we all say "Well, it could be worse, you could really have cancer." That's a lame azz consolation prize if you ask me.

    Heather
  10. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    Maybe the woman should be thankful that she wasnt killed during surgery.... But that infection she got was part of the bonus package? Maybe she could consider having new breasts slapped on her chest so now they can be perky, But we will have to graft muscle from her behind because a RADICAL Mastectomy was done and we stripped her chest down to just about bare bone and removed all the Cancerious tissue OOPPSSS its not cancer but nice incision though isnt it????
    Zoe
  11. by   Q.
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    No, that would be wonderful, and I'm sure millions of people would kill to hear that. The compensation is for being told she had cancer, that IS traumatic. For the majorly disfiguring surgical procedure. That IS traumatic. For having to prematurely ponder her own mortality. That IS traumatic. These are things she is left with that are still painful no matter how many times we all say "Well, it could be worse, you could really have cancer." That's a lame azz consolation prize if you ask me.

    Heather
    I agree, the surgery, etc all should be compensated for. But can you really put a price on being told you have a potentially fatal disease? What's the magic dollar amount?
  12. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Susy K
    I agree, the surgery, etc all should be compensated for. But can you really put a price on being told you have a potentially fatal disease? What's the magic dollar amount?
    There isn't a magic dollar amount Susy, but I'd expect a little more compassion and sympathy than "shut up and be happy you don't have cancer." I understand where you're coming from with your friend and FIL, but you need to look at it from the other side.

    That woman will wake up and look in the mirror everyday and be reminded of what was done to her. What will make the doctor hurt everyday? It may not be money. In fact, I don't think it is money. I'd prefer to see him lose his license. But I've never argued the money in this thread. I'm arguing the recognition of what this woman has been put through, and tried to validify it as a life altering and traumatic chain of events.

    No, you can't put a price tag on being told you may die, because it's horrible. And you can't rectify it by simply saying "Be happy you're not going to die."

    Heather
  13. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    I dont think the woman is having an issue with the money as well, I think her lawyer is but the woman herself doesnt seem to be having that an issue. The issue with her was the fact how it was brushed off as a MISTAKE and an oh well.... The Dr hasnt lost his job nor his license nor will he. He isnt an employee of the hospital which puts them into a grey area where the Hospital covers them and there is a cap on his responsibilities... on that note somone handed that DR a mislabled speciman... so how much of this is truly the Drs. fault, he only reads (the tissue) material given to him... but who mislabled it in the first place and is their pockets as deep as the hospital or the Dr's? I bet not.
    The potential for a huge showing of how the healthcare system is not working, is the case.... The communication breakdown and the ramifications from it is what is showing an no hospital wants that bad publicity. But it needs to be shown over and over and over again , and Im not sure what the magic dollar amount is.... Im sure no amount will be enough, the psychological damage and body image damage alone would be enough but on top of that she got an infection from a unnecessary surgical procedure from this which will cause more long term damage.... This entire case is a Cluster F****.
    Zoe

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