KAISER CASE THAT I SETTLED FOR 1.65 MILLION
PATIENT'S ANSWER TO AN INTERROGATORY:
I went to Kaiser in March of 2001 with a lump in my left breast. I went to the gynecological department. The RN told me just by examining the breast that it is most probably a cyst and also suggested I keep an eye on it. I did and so when in April it still did not go away I called Kaiser. They set up an appointment for me with a specialist, Dr. XX. I saw her in April 2001. She did a needle aspiration and found that it was not a cyst. So she sent me for an ultrasound. Based on the ultrasound report she told me it was a fibroadenoma and therefore benign. At that time the size of the lump was 1.2 cm by 2 cm approximately (please refer to reports from Kaiser). She told me I could take it out whenever I wanted to. She never sent me for a biopsy to check whether it was cancerous. I changed insurance in October, met with the new surgeon XX who sent me for a biopsy. the biopsy was done at ANOTHER Hospital on December 27th, 2001. The result revealed the lump was cancerous. The mastectomy was done in January 2002. At that time the lump size was 6.4 cm by 5 cm (please refer to my biopsy report after mastectomy) If Kaiser would have diagnosed correctly the cancer would have been treated at stage 0/1 rather than stage 3. I would not have needed chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Also the life expectancy would have been higher.
The patient died the following year, leaving a husband and two children.