Botched Ovary Removal Spreads Aggressive Cancer, Suit Says
SALEM, Ore. (CN) – The botched removal of a cancerous ovary caused the aggressive cancer to spread with catastrophic consequences, according to an action filed in Marion County Circuit Court.
Tanya Chuprov sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Northwest Permanente, P.C. for medical negligence.
On Feb. 23, 2017, Kaiser physician Rachel Algenio surgically removed Chuprov’s left ovary, which had a “granulose cell tumor,” the suit states. During the procedure, Algenio caused a rupture of the tumor and fluid from the “highly aggressive cancer” leaked into the abdominal cavity. “Dr. Algenio failed to use a plastic bag, to reduce the possibility of spread of cancerous cells in the event of such rupture,” the action alleges.
Before and after the procedure, defendants wrongly identified the affected ovary and the error was also reflected in her medical records, resulting in “confusion and improper care of Ms. Chuprov by defendants,” the suit claims.
After the surgery, Chuprov reportedly received a brief phone message from Dr. Algenio telling her she had an aggressive cancer but providing no other details. Chuprov says she was forced to wait an entire week before she could get in for an appointment, despite her numerous frantic calls. When she finally had the appointment on March 1, the leak was not disclosed, according to the complaint.
On March 10, 2017, Chuprov met with another Kaiser doctor who reviewed her case and disclosed that fluid had leaked, but who also “indicated there was not evidence of metastasis or spread of cancer,” the action notes.
The defendants’ failure to timely identify and diagnose the spread of the cancer resulted in delayed treatment, the complaint charges.
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