Unnecessary mastectomy: $6.5 million verdict in NY

Bachman, Radha V.; Reding, Barbara
November 2009
Same-Day Surgery;Nov2009, Vol. 33 Issue 11, p112
Academic Journal
A woman underwent an excisional biopsy on her left breast. The physician who performed the surgery diagnosed cancer and began chemotherapy. Later, other physicians evaluated the woman and recommended a mastectomy and removal of lymph nodes in the woman's breast. • After the mastectomy, no evidence of cancer was found. • The woman claimed that the mastectomy was unnecessary and sued various hospitals and physicians. The jury awarded $6.5 million.


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