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diagnosed as inflamed prostate but actually had a high grade bladder cancer

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 12, 2008
  • 10:39 PM

My father spent well over two months being seen by a urologist who diagnosed him with a swollen/inflamed prostate,who put him on different drugs to try and shrink it which did not work at all. He was going to the ER numerous times due to very large blood clots being in his urine/catheter and severe pain and everytime they would say it was from his prostate or that his urologist told them that he would take care of it. On July 7th Dad went in to have his prostate removed and the doctor was unable to do the surgery because,he had found a high grade sarcoma the size of an orange growing in his bladder which was causing the clots and bleeding. Two weeks later the same doctor went in to do a tumor resection and once again came out saying that he could not finish the surgery due to leakage outside of the bladder after removing half of it and that he was positive that he could get the rest in a week or so after the bladder healed some. On July 28th he went back in and came out and told us that the tumor had spread and now he has spots on his lungs. We were then told that he would need to go to another hospital to have his bladder removed. After waiting over a week for something to be done since the cancer was spreading so quickly we checked him out of the hospital and took him straight to a doctor we found who is the head of oncology/urology in a great hosopital. The new doctor immediately requested from the old doctor and hospital that all test and paperwork be sent over ASAP. A week later we found out after having Dad admitted to the new hospital for an infection and confusion that the requested paperwork and test were never sent by the doctor. He is now at the OU Medical Center in OKC and has many great doctors looking after him. We still have no clue what is causing his confusion but,tomorrow they are doing more test and hopefully we will find out more. WE have found out that the first urologist should have never operated on him to remove the sarcoma and definitely shouldn't have left part of it in there to spread. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF YOU HAVE EVEN ONE DROP OF BLOOD IN YOUR URINE TO BE TESTED FOR BLADDER CANCER,THE ONE DROP MAY END UP SAVING YOUR LIFE!

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  • I know that you must be emotionally drained from all of the confusion and stress. But just as soon as you can you should consult with an attorney because a "Misdiagnosis" is grounds for Malpractice. I presently have a malpractice case, a good one. God's speed to your Father. and don't let too much time go by with your case cause once they sapoena the medical records it will be a "tell all" and the doctor can't stop a court order!Good Luck!
    forgetlee 11 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 01:55 AM
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