The failure was due to poor communication between the woman’s primary care physicians and a specialist. This poor communication resulted in the woman not having a crucial cystoscopy that would have diagnosed her cancer at a time when the cancer would have been treatable. Instead, the test was given to the woman when it was too late – the cancer had spread to her bowel, colon and eventually throughout her abdomen.
The primary care physicians misunderstood the woman’s symptoms and their significance and failed to inform the patient that failure to have a cystoscopy could be fatal. The woman’s symptoms included blood in her urine, and painful and frequent urination.
The woman’s family is suing the hospital and the doctors for wrongful death in failing to diagnose and treat bladder cancer.