Valleywide Legal Blog

The Doctor Will Negotiate With You Now.

Not all prostate cancers are created equal.  Some are high-grade and life-threatening.  These tumors need to be addressed promptly and aggressively.  Many prostate cancer tumors, however, are slow growing and may never need to be actively treated.  For these low-grade … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing |

What Are We Paying For?

Researchers have developed a new tool for assessing the effectiveness of a health care system and we in the United States aren’t doing so well.  The concept is called “amenable mortality.”  It identifies medical conditions which cause death but which, … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Heart Attacks, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, tort reform |

Medical Errors – Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Here is something to think about when the Republicans come to take away your right to sue for medical malpractice: Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  The only things more likely to kill … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

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 |

Settlements For The Victims of Power Morcellators

I have written twice about the developing story of power morcellators.  You can find the links here and here.  The drama continues.  To refresh your recollection, the power morcellator is a tool used by gynecological surgeons mostly in laparoscopic myomectomies, … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, hysterectomy, Power Morcellators, Secrecy |

More on the Power Morcellator Story

I wrote recently about power morcellators and the risk that they spread previously undetected uterine cancer when used in laparoscopic procedures to remove uterine fibroids.  As I wrote then, the power morcellator is a tool which is inserted into the … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Hospitals, hysterectomy, Power Morcellators, robotic surgery, Secrecy |

Power Morcellation, the FBI and You.

The last few weeks have seen an unusual confluence of events.  In the first place, the discussion of the risks of power morcellators has continued to proceed.  Power morcellators are tools which are used in laparoscopic procedures to remove uterine … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Power Morcellators |

A Helpful Prostate Cancer Finding

In past posts, I have discussed the overtreatment of low grade prostate cancers and the risks such treatment creates for patients.  There is great societal pressure to treat any cancer, even a low grade prostate cancer which is unlikely to … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing | Tagged , , , |

Surprise! Exercise Is Good for You.

It should probably come as no surprise by now that exercise is good for us.  Study after study shows its benefits in improving our health or in staving off illnesses.  Want to minimize the risk of diabetes?  Exercise.  Want to … Read More

Posted in Cancer, General Health, Prostate Cancer |

Don’t Put Away Your Sunscreen Yet – But . . .

Melanoma is a killer and is common here in Arizona where we get so many days of intense sunlight.  By now everyone should know the drill:  Keep out of the midday sun whenever possible; Use sunscreen; Watch for changes in … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Melanoma |