A jury has awarded Stephanie Tesoriero $15 million in a case of medical malpractice filed against a doctor who misdiagnosed a lump in her breast as non-malignant and cost Tesoriero much time in fighting the disease.
After finding the lump in her breast in 2002, Tesoriero had a mammogram. Dr. Paul Fisher of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center in Stony Brook, New York found “no evidence of malignancy,” and ordered no other tests. When the lump didn’t go away over the next 16 months, Tesoriero went to another doctor, who found the lump to have grown to the size of a golf ball, and determined through further testing that it was breast cancer.
Tesoriero has undergone a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments. The cancer went into remission, but has since spread to her bones. She will undergo chemotherapy treatments for the rest of her life, NBC New York reported. Her prognosis is not clear at this point. “I don’t want to see anybody else go through it,” Tesoriero said. “It’s a tough fight. If you have any suspicions, any doubts, speak to the doctor and ask for another test.”