Man Allegedly Receiving Care Limited to Hypertension Dies from Colon Cancer, $1.5M Settlement
October 17, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
A physician was held liable for the death of a patient from colon cancer despite allegedly having an agreement that he would only provide care limited to hypertension and therefore did not provide colon cancer screening, states a report in the August 2014 issue of Zarin's Medical Liability Alert (subscription required). The patient received care from the physician from 2002 to 2006. In 2006, the 65-year-old patient went to the emergency department because he had abdominal pain and was unable have a bowel movement for days. He was diagnosed with stage IIIB colon cancer that had metastasized to his lungs. The patient died from colon cancer within a year of receiving the diagnosis.