CASE REPORT: PATIENT SUES LAB OVER FALSE CANCER DIAGNOSIS
Imagine this…you are 35 years old, a single mother, and your doctor informs you that you have lobular cancer! You are scared and worried! Are you going to die? You decide to undergo a double mastectomy to remove the cancer. The next thing you hear is that it was all a mistake – you never had cancer in the first place! Unbelievable maybe but it happened!
The Associated Press is reporting today that this actually happened to a woman in Melville, New York. According to a New York State Health Department report, this unfortunate young woman was the victim of a mix-up at the pathology laboratory which analyzed the original tissue studies. It appears a lab technician at CBL Path mislabeled tissue samples.
A lawsuit has been filed against the laboratory – can anyone blame this young woman!