Valleywide Legal Blog

New Tool Lowers Risk of Reoperation in Breast Cancer Cases

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she often faces a difficult choice.  Should she only have the tumor removed, in a procedure called a lumpectomy, or should she have the entire breast removed, in a procedure called a … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer, Cancer, Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics |

Mammograms and Unnecessary Cancer Treatment

My partner has often written about the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and the decision making process that goes along with them, noting that often the treatment is unnecessary or that it is worse than the disease.  Well, it … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer, Mammogram |

Medical Malpractice Claims Can and Should Lead to Better Care

In 1976, in response to problems in the medical malpractice insurance marketplace in Massachusetts, the Harvard medical institutions created a captive insurance company, Controlled Risk Insurance Company (“CRICO”).  Over the years, CRICO has created a database of medical malpractice claims … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Secrecy |

Genetic Tests – The Future of Medicine and Malpractice?

Wouldn’t you know, the day after I post an entry about the marvels of genetic testing, Angelina Jolie puts an exclamation point on my point! By now, I am sure you have heard that the actress has joined an ever … Read More

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Breast Cancer Ovediagnosis not a Defensive Medicine Response to Malpractice Lawsuits

A common criticism of our civil justice system is that medical malpractice lawsuits force doctors to practice defensive medicine – that is ordering tests they might not otherwise do at great and unnecessary expense to avoid being sued.  Many tests and procedures are very good at identifying … Read More

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Light Drinking Increases Risk of Breast Cancer in Women

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study which links light drinking to an increased risk of breast cancer in women.  The study, the largest of its kind, followed more than 100,000 women for nearly 30 years and … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer |