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Woman Claims Doctor 'Spilled' Cancerous Tissue into Stomach
Fox News ^ | 20 Sep 07 | AP

Posted on 09/20/2007 11:36:05 AM PDT by stm

DES MOINES, Iowa — A woman is suing her gynecologist for allegedly not telling her that he accidentally cut open a tumor he removed from her ovary, spilling cancerous tissue in her abdomen and causing her cancer to spread.

The lawsuit, filed in Polk County District Court by Lavonne Schroeter, alleges that Dr. Curtis Hoegh's negligence during and after the operation "will cause her premature death." The lawsuit also names his employer, Iowa Health Physicians and Clinics, as a defendant.

The 53-year-old Schroeter says the Des Moines doctor removed her tumor in 2002, but he never mentioned it was cancerous or discussed any mishaps during surgery. However, Hoegh had Schroeter undergo an electronic scan after a blood test raised concerns three years later, and more growths were found.

Another surgeon removed several cancerous tumors and prescribed medication, but the cancer continued to spread, the lawsuit states. Last year, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told her that Hoegh had accidentally cut into her tumor and caused the spread of the cancer, which is terminal but treatable, according to the lawsuit.

Schroeter's lawyer, Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines, says the Mayo doctor found out about the mistake by reading her client's medical records.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: cancer; curtishoegh; lavonneschroeter; mayoclinic
And of course it's totally unthinkable that these newly found growths could have been cells that metastisized from the original tumor.
1 posted on 09/20/2007 11:36:10 AM PDT by stm
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To: stm
From the article: Last year, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told her that Hoegh had accidentally cut into her tumor and caused the spread of the cancer, which is terminal but treatable, according to the lawsuit.

Schroeter's lawyer, Roxanne Conlin of Des Moines, says the Mayo doctor found out about the mistake by reading her client's medical records.

She's got a leg to stand on...

3 posted on 09/20/2007 11:41:36 AM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--You want to elect a conservative? Then support a conservative!)
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To: stm

>> And of course it’s totally unthinkable that these newly found growths could have been cells that metastisized from the original tumor. <<

The doctor would be equally at fault:
“the Des Moines doctor removed her tumor in 2002, but he never mentioned it was cancerous...”


4 posted on 09/20/2007 11:42:07 AM PDT by dangus
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To: stm
Woman Claims Doctor 'Spilled' Cancerous Tissue into Stomach

Unless he poured the cancerous cells down her throat, or made an incision directly into the woman's stomach, this is one of the most poorly written titles ever.

Abdomen. Not stomach.

5 posted on 09/20/2007 11:42:31 AM PDT by NautiNurse (McClatchy News report: Half the nation's families earn below the median family income)
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To: stm

Wonder what would happen if Lavonne Schroeter took this this suit before DC judge Roy Pearson (the a-h*le who sued the Korean cleaners (Chungs) for $84 million over a lost pair of pants). Tort reform NOW!


6 posted on 09/20/2007 11:42:57 AM PDT by meandog (I'm one of the FEW and the BRAVE FReepers still supporting John McCain)
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To: stm
Woman Claims Doctor 'Spilled' Cancerous Tissue into Stomach

It wasn't the doctor....it was his assistant.


7 posted on 09/20/2007 11:43:00 AM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: stm
It could be, sure. I have a hard time believing she was never told or never asked if the removed tumor was cancerous.

What's the Mayo Clinic doctor's angle on this?

8 posted on 09/20/2007 11:44:10 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Pope to politicians: "(Do) not to allow children to be considered as a form of illness.")
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To: stm

This is different.


9 posted on 09/20/2007 11:46:29 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: stm

Did someone say... “national health care”?...


10 posted on 09/20/2007 11:50:30 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: newzjunkey
RE: Your Tagline

Talking to the politicians is misdirected. I'm hoping to make a difference. Spread the word.

11 posted on 09/20/2007 11:51:11 AM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--You want to elect a conservative? Then support a conservative!)
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To: capt. norm

Oh, abby someone?

Abby who?

Abbbbby....Normal.

You got me an abnormal brain????? (choking Igor)


12 posted on 09/20/2007 11:51:45 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: newzjunkey
Yeah, this story stinks.

Quite sure we don't have the whole tamale here...

13 posted on 09/20/2007 11:53:32 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Hillary's heart is darker than the devil's riding boots..............)
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To: dangus

I find it virtually impossible that this physician did not inform the woman this tumor was malignant. I am sure it was biopsied first. If it was benign, then there is a good chance it might not have been removed but tracked. If the results of the biopsy came back malignant then the whole thing is academic, it must be removed. My wife went through this very thing about two and a half years ago. Hers were benign but she opted for a hysterectomy (she had a few other issues as well) anyway.

This sounds to me like another person looking for a cash payout.


14 posted on 09/20/2007 11:58:05 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: newzjunkey
I have a hard time believing she was never told

It does seem odd.

If I were a clumsy doctor, and spread cancerous cells around a patient's abdomen, I might (if I were unethical) not say, "Listen, I made a terrible mistake."

But I would at least have the sense to say, "I removed a tumor. Went smashingly well! Cleanest operation I ever did! I couldn't be prouder! But, I must tell you, that the tumor was cancerous, and you might want to come back periodically to be checked ... you know ... just in case it recurs. Because ... uhhh ... it just might."

Simple CYA procedure. I find it hard to believe that the doctor never said anything at all.

15 posted on 09/20/2007 11:59:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: stm
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16 posted on 09/20/2007 11:59:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: stm

Guess we’ll find out when the info in the medical records is made public during the trial.


17 posted on 09/20/2007 12:00:37 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: stm
You got me an abnormal brain????? (choking Igor)

"Are you telling me, I put an abnormal brain, in a 54" wide, 7 foot long, GORRILA!!??!?!?"

18 posted on 09/20/2007 12:02:21 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Doomonyou

I have to watch that movie tonight, too funny.


19 posted on 09/20/2007 12:09:30 PM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: stm

My absolute FAVORITE part of that movie is the Doctor and the Monster singing and dancing to “Puttin on the Ritz”


20 posted on 09/20/2007 12:12:14 PM PDT by mpackard (Proud mama of a Sailor.)
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To: arbooz
My father lived over fifty years in anguish after losing his first wife in the hospital. He vividly remembered the doctor who came to him and told him his wife had died, “...but the operation was success!”
21 posted on 09/20/2007 12:15:21 PM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: stm
I'm not an Oncologist, but I am unaware that it's scientifically possible to inject a subject with cancer.

I am also in doubt about whether this would work even with your own cancerous cells.

Certainly, it's impossible to take a hypodermic needle filled with cancer cells and inject a patient with it and 'give them' cancer. Cancer researchers have been trying this for decades and haven't met with success to my knowledge. Such a thing would be a milestone event in cancer research.

22 posted on 09/20/2007 12:17:40 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: stm

Well, if he can document that he told her (and it’s unthinkable that he wouldn’t document a prognosis!), then her lie is exposed. If he CAN’T, he’s got a problem, because documenting prognoses is for more than just insurance and lawsuits. When people are under stress, it is INEVITABLE that they will misunderstand verbal statements. Failure to properly inform her is failure to inform her.


23 posted on 09/20/2007 12:25:49 PM PDT by dangus
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To: endthematrix

Wow. That’s terrible. It sounds like a real-life version of that joke, (and incidents laughed at in jokes are outrageous in real life) “So Mrs. Lincoln, how was the PLAY?”


24 posted on 09/20/2007 12:30:07 PM PDT by dangus
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To: stm
It's a classic!

sed-a-GIVE!?!

25 posted on 09/20/2007 12:30:13 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: stm
"A woman is suing her gynecologist for allegedly not telling her that he accidentally cut open a tumor he removed from her ovary, spilling cancerous tissue in her abdomen and causing her cancer to spread."

Not telling her aside, he still possibly saved her life.

"Another surgeon removed several cancerous tumors and prescribed medication, but the cancer continued to spread, the lawsuit states."

You mean the cancer spread, like the first doc, even after tumor removal? Why not blame him? /s

"Last year, a doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told her that Hoegh had accidentally cut into her tumor and caused the spread of the cancer"

How would this info (Dr. confidence and hearsay) come about without previous records?

27 posted on 09/20/2007 12:31:16 PM PDT by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: stm

“...the cancer, which is terminal but treatable...”

WTF?


28 posted on 09/20/2007 12:33:20 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: The KG9 Kid

“I’m not an Oncologist, but I am unaware that it’s scientifically possible to inject a subject with cancer. “

Neither am I, but as I understand it, the point is that the recipient’s body simply treat the foreign cells as they would bacteria and kill them off. Cancer spreads precisely because the body doesn’t recognize that it shouldn’t spread, since it is the person’s own tissue. As a result, the body supplies end of nutrients to the cancer.

Metastacism (sp?) is nothing other than the the cancerous tissue breaking apart and traveling through the blood stream to other parts of the body. Essentially, the doctor metasticized the tumor. That said, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone confidently asserted a well-reasoned explanation for why spilled cancer cells couldn’t anchor themselves throughout the body.


29 posted on 09/20/2007 12:36:37 PM PDT by dangus
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To: endthematrix
re: accidentally cut into her tumor and caused the spread of the cancer)))

Huh? LIke an ovary has an inpenetrable seal around it to begin with? This is so bogus. Why did national news pick it up?

30 posted on 09/20/2007 12:38:50 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Panzerlied

Terminal means you will have it when you die, which will happen sooner than if you didn’t have it.

Treatable means that the effects of it can be lessened or delayed; it specifically does NOT mean “curable,” which would be mean that the cancer and its effects are completely ridded from the body.


31 posted on 09/20/2007 12:39:54 PM PDT by dangus
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To: The KG9 Kid
When I was first diagnosed with lung cancer, I had to have a needle biopsy through the chest wall. I asked the doctor who was doing it if that would spread cancer cells by dragging them through the chest wall. He said, "Not usually." Sounded like it's possible to me!

Carolyn

32 posted on 09/20/2007 12:41:00 PM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Mamzelle

>> Huh? LIke an ovary has an inpenetrable seal around it to begin with? <<

I’m not sure about the ovaries specifically, but most organs do have a layer of protective tissue surrounding them, enclosing their own tissues and anything they may produce.


33 posted on 09/20/2007 12:42:10 PM PDT by dangus
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>> He said, “Not usually.” <<

I’m amazed if you didn’t have any follow-up questions for that!


34 posted on 09/20/2007 12:43:11 PM PDT by dangus
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I’m not a doctor either but my brother had a fairly rare form of cancer (Liposarcoma?) that forms large encapsulated tumors in large muscle tissue of the legs or arms.

He was told that if the tumor sac was penetrated that fragments of the tumor would enter the blood stream and metastasize. They treated it like a live handgrenade when they removed it.


35 posted on 09/20/2007 12:46:05 PM PDT by Belasarius (Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:2-7)
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>> You mean the cancer spread, like the first doc, even after tumor removal? Why not blame him? <<

Because once the cancer is scattered, it’s impossible to remove through simple surgery. One cancer can be found and removed. Thousands of tiny cancers cannot be.

>> Not telling her aside, he still possibly saved her life. <<

That’s like saying a demolition man who fails to inform you the building you are in is slated for destruction probably saved your life. Her life was only in his hands because he assumed the responsibility.


36 posted on 09/20/2007 12:51:50 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Belasarius

Thanks. I guess that settles that. Judging from its name, Liposarcoma is cancer of fat tissue. I can see why that’d be especially difficult to handle.


37 posted on 09/20/2007 12:53:29 PM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

Isn’t there the danger of this with every biopsy? What’s the difference?


38 posted on 09/20/2007 4:25:20 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (Democrats--Al Qaeda's best friends)
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To: stm
I find it virtually impossible that this physician did not inform the woman this tumor was malignant.

As do many here. You have been very fortunate in your experiences with doctors if this is the case.

It has been my experience that there doctors of all levels of competence, that there are real variations in the quality of service, and that contempt for patients (individually or as part of a 'group', merited or otherwise) can lead to substandard medical care.

39 posted on 09/20/2007 6:47:18 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: dangus
Well, it was a bit late for that, as he had already done the biopsy. I was still in shock from the initial diagnosis, so I wasn't tracking real well at the time.

Carolyn

40 posted on 09/21/2007 4:36:50 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Panzerlied

I seen that too! Terminal but treatable? Huh?


41 posted on 09/21/2007 4:42:59 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Mamzelle
This is so bogus. Why did national news pick it up?

That's what's of interest about this story.

For those who don't know, "spillling" ovarian cancer is a constant hazard of this type of surgery,and it happens with some frequency. It's a well-known and well-recognized complication, and, as such, rarely leads to lawsuits (because there's no payoff for the bloodsucker).

But local papers have banner headlines all the time about absurd malpractice suits like this one.

Where do they get the info? What turns it into a story?

Who knows?

42 posted on 09/21/2007 4:47:10 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Trails of troubles, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: Jim Noble
Locally, hometown reporters have the inside track with the plaintiff's atties with any kind of lawsuit, although malpractice tends to be the favorite.

The idea is to embarrass the doc into settling. When you read the details, the plaintiff, the defendant and the defendant's lawyer will be named, but the plaintiff atty will not be. He doesn't like to be on the rec'ing end of some of the resentment from the public and has worked it out in advance with the reporter.

This happened in a mold suit against a school--a suit which infuriated the townspeople. Every few days, a new account of it, and the plaintiff's atty was never named until angry letters got sent.

Now, if the plaintiff prevails, the lawyer is very happy for the publicity and finally gets his name in the paper.

43 posted on 09/21/2007 11:23:34 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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“Where do they get the info? What turns it into a story?

Who knows?””

The local bloodsucker’s trying to run a case to settlement through the media...thats who!!


44 posted on 09/21/2007 11:28:45 AM PDT by mo
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