Richard Gurfein, regarded as one of the best medical malpractice attorneys in New York, and a former president of The New York State Trial Lawyers Association, urges cancer patients to talk to their doctor about the benefits and risks of radiation therapy before undergoing treatment. Mr. Gurfein offers patients helpful tips on how to evaluate the treatment they are getting, how to discuss the details of their treatment plan with their radiation oncologist and how to learn as much as they can about the quality assurance checks and balances at the clinic, or hospital, where they are being treated.
New York, NY (PRWEB) March 29, 2010 -- More than half of all people with cancer undergo some form of radiation therapy. And while treatment errors are rare -- occurring in only about 50-to-100 times per million courses of treatment -- one New York medical malpractice attorney urges patients to talk with their doctor about the benefits and risks of radiation therapy before beginning treatment.
“As is the case with any medical procedure,” advises Richard Gurfein, senior partner of Gurfein Douglas, a New York personal injury and medical malpractice law firm, “a patient should make themselves knowledgeable in the area in which they are about to undergo treatment.”
While serious radiation injuries are still infrequent, Gurfein said every patient should discuss the details of the treatment plan with their radiation oncologist and learn as much as they can about the quality assurance checks and balances at the clinic, or hospital, where they are being treated.
“Even one error is too many,” he said. “A machine designed to deliver high-powered beams of radiation to specific parts of a patient’s body requires years of education, experience and skill to operate properly to prevent an overdose and other severe radiation-related injuries.&rdqu
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