Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges Cancer Misdiagnosis Led To Unnecessary Prostate Removal Surgery

A Pennsylvania man has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that a mix-up in the preparation and reading of slides from his prostate biopsy caused him to be misdiagnosed as having cancer. He alleges that the biopsy tissue from another patient was wrongfully identified as his and therefore he was incorrectly told he had prostate cancer and subsequently underwent the unnecessary removal of his prostate, leading to medical complications.

The 48-year-old man’s nightmare began when his PSA level was found to be slightly elevated during a routine test. He was told he should have a prostate biopsy done and agreed to have that procedure. After the prostate biopsy, he was told that he had prostate cancer. He underwent a radical laparoscopic prostatectomy with the hope of saving his life. Some time after having the surgery in January 2021, he was told that another patient’s biopsy was incorrectly identified as his, and that he did not have prostate cancer.

The man reportedly had obtained a second opinion before undergoing prostate removal surgery, but the second opinion was obtained from the same medical group and not from an oncologist.

The father of five children reports that since his radical laparoscopic prostatectomy, “There’s always urinary leakage, there’s erectile dysfunction. They’ve taken away my ability to be a man, they’ve taken away my emotional stability. I’m sad, I’m depressed. I have an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness a lot the time.” His wife states, “I had faith in the medical team, faith in medicine and I don’t understand how this happened. We just don’t want this to happen to anybody else. Nobody should have to go through this.” They both wonder what happened to the other patient whose biopsy showed prostate cancer – was he told he did not have cancer? When was he told about his cancer misdiagnosis? How has he been harmed as a result of his delayed cancer diagnosis? Did he have prostate removal surgery and, if so, how is he doing?


According to the CDC, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races and Hispanic origin populations. All men are at risk for prostate cancer. The most common risk factor is age. Some men are at increased risk for prostate cancer. Many men with prostate cancer—especially those with tumors that have not spread beyond the prostate—die of other causes without ever having any symptoms from the cancer. Overall, about 97% of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive five years later.


If you or a family member may be the victim of pathologist malpractice or cancer misdiagnosis in Pennsylvania or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney, or a medical malpractice attorney in your state, who may investigate your pathologist malpractice/cancer misdiagnosis claim for you and represent you or your family member in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.

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