When a patient hears the word cancer they automatically think the worst. Yet early diagnosis and treatment can slow or stop cancer and keep it in remission. We trust that our doctor will always provide us with the best treatment options for the various stages of the disease. Unfortunately, that was not the case for one Cook County man. A lawsuit was recently filed against an oncology doctor alleging negligence in the prostate cancer death of the man. The lawsuit alleges that the doctor did not properly treat the man’s cancer and this ultimately led to his death. The lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
According to information in the lawsuit, the man was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer which went into remission in 2010. His doctor then decided to discontinue treatment and monitor the PSA levels (prostate-specific antigen) of the man. In 2013 the cancer returned but the doctor did not continue the shots which had previously been successful in treating the cancer. Additionally, the doctor canceled an appointment with the man during which he allegedly took a vacation for a month out of the country. The cancer ultimately spread and the man suffered a fatal stroke in 2014.