San Jose Woman Improperly Diagnosed Results in Terminal Cancer, Part 1 of 2

It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the San Jose area, such as Kaiser Permanente, Regional Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, or O’Connor Hospital.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)


According to Plaintiff: Plaintiff, currently a 42-year-old accountant at a bank, underwent a mammogram on June 30, 2006 read by defendant radiologist. The study was interpreted as a BI-RADS 1, within normal limits. She was instructed to return for an additional screening mammogram one year later, but did not.

Plaintiff next underwent a screening mammogram on April 5, 2008. That study was read as showing a density in the right upper breast on the MLO view only. The report stated that the density had increased in size from the 2007 study. The study was read as BIRADS 0, additional studies needed. Plaintiff then underwent a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound on April 20, 2008. These studies were interpreted by defendant as benign, BI-RADS III, follow up in four months requested.

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In May 2008, plaintiff felt a thickening in the upper outer quadrant of her right breast on self-examination. She brought this to the attention of her PCP, who referred her to a surgeon on June 26, 2008. Physical examination revealed a probable mass, and a referral for an MRI of the right breast was made. Plaintiff underwent a right breast MRI on July 18, 2009, which revealed the presence of a lesion measuring 8 § 6 § 4 cm. This was followed the next day by an ultrasound-guided biopsy, which revealed the presence of an infiltrating ductal carcinoma in the upper outer quadrant of the right breast, ER/PR, HER/2 negative, SBR 8/9. Biopsy of a 7 mm lesion in the right lower breast revealed a cancer of like histology.

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