My husband had biopsy surgery, twice, for cancer ~ May/April and July 2011. The surgeon cut up into his armpit both times to get "samples of lymph nodes", which he took several out, done as out-patient. (the results came back negative for cancer) My husband now has nerve damage in his arm, and is limited to a 10-lb weight limit because of the risk of damaging it ~ if his arm swells from over-use or he tears something from lifting too much weight with it, he could lose the total use of his arm. The following year, July 2012, he saw another surgeon who did another biopsy for cancer, which the results showed Hodgkins Lymphoma (treatment was successful) ~ this surgeon told us there was no reason for the first biopsies to be done in the armpit, that is only done for cancer removal, NOT biopsies! When my husband had to have lung surgery, January 2013, for another biopsy for possible pneumonia or cancer (because of the chemo treatment, which resulted in a bacterial fungal infection), this surgeon, also, told us that this first biopsy surgery in the armpit was "God's country" and they don't go into that area except for cancer removal ~ too risky being so close to the main artery going into the heart. If my husband didn't have the problems with the weight limits, pain and fear of losing the use of his arm, he feels he could have returned to work. Especially since he is cancer free and the oncologist is only monitoring the lung nodules for any future changes. He also still has his chemo port, which maybe removed next year 2015. He is also in review now by Social Security to see if he can remain on disability, so now we are fearful if they take him off disability, how is he going to be able to hold down a job? We have talked to 4 other lawyers and they have turned down my husband's case because "Kansas protects their doctors/surgeons", "conflict of interest" twice, and the 4th just reviewed it, then turned us down. Hope you can help us or counsel us as to what to do, if there is anything we can do. Thank you. Carole and JimmyXXX
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