Hospital Negligence Exposed
Two recent clinical studies report that a low percentage of U.S. hospitals are correctly doing the follow-up testing for patients who went through colon cancer surgery. The findings indicate that only about 40 percent of patients received all of the correct and recommended testing due to the negligence of the medical staff.
Inadequate Follow-up Testing
A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) noted that only 38 percent of the roughly 1,300 hospitals sampled were testing an adequate number of the patients’ lymph nodes as a way to measure the colon cancer’s metastasis.
The latest issue of the journal Cancer presents the second study, which stated that only 40 percent of the 9,426 patients examined whose colon cancer was successfully treated had gotten all of the recommended follow-up tests.
Colon Cancer: Second-Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths
As the second-leading cause of death due to cancer in the U.S., colon cancer is unfortunately common. It is recommended that at least 12 of a patient’s lymph nodes be examined for cancer after localized colon cancer is removed. According to the JNCI study, far too many hospitals have not been following this recommendation.
(Source: U.S. News & World Report)
See a Medical Malpractice Attorney about Your Post-Colon Cancer Testing
If you had surgery for colon cancer and you suspect that your post-surgery testing was inadequate, contact a medical malpractice attorney in your area who will ensure you receive compensation for any wrongdoing or negligence.
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