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ARTICLE ID 185814

$________ CONFIDENTIAL – MEDICAL MALPRACTICE – DERMATOLOGY – FAILURE TO FOLLOW-UP ON PATIENT WITH MELANOMA – CANCER PROGRESSED TO STAGE IV TWO YEARS FOLLOWING INITIAL MOLE REMOVAL – WRONGFUL DEATH OF 26-YEAR-OLD.

Withheld County, MA

In this medical malpractice matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant dermatologist was negligent in failing to follow-up on the plaintiff after removal of a melanoma, resulting in the progression of cancer to a fatal end. The defendant denied the allegations of negligence.

The 26-year-old male patient came under the care of the defendant dermatologist for the removal of a mole on his back. The pathology report recommended a continued follow-up. The plaintiff alleged that while the patient came back for a couple visits in the six months immediately following the removal, there was no additional follow-up which would have been the appropriate standard of care.

Within two years, the patient noticed what appeared to be a cyst at the site where the mole had been removed. Diagnostic testing determined that the "cyst" was actually a metastatic melanoma. The patient’s cancer was determined to be at Stage III and his chances of survival dropped to less than 5%. The patient underwent an excision of the cancerous melanoma, as well as radiation therapy and high doses of Interferon and Interleukin II and chemotherapy. Despite the aggressive treatment, the patient died from the cancer.

The plaintiff brought suit alleging negligence on the part of the defendant dermatologist. The defendant denied the deviation from acceptable standards of care.The parties agreed to a confidential settlement of $________ following the conclusion of depositions.

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