Reducing Medical Malpractice Risk in Breast Cancer Care: A Surgical Perspective

  • Carl A. Bertelsen
  • Cyrus A. Tabari


Breast cancer is an epidemic. There is no malignancy that is more pervasive in the public consciousness. There is a great deal of public awareness of this disease and with it comes a high expectation of medicine to promptly and properly diagnose breast cancer. The prevalence of the disease, the near public hysteria regarding this diagnosis, and the high expectations for appropriate care of this disease have all contributed to a very high litigation rate for improper treatment of breast cancer. In fact, delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is now the most common malpractice litigation. Recognizing common medico-legal pitfalls not only helps avoid unnecessary dilemmas for the treating physician, but more importantly can help lead to better care.


Breast Cancer Medical Malpractice Specimen Imaging Hook Wire Palpable Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Good Samaritan HospitalSan JoseUSA

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