Suit: Man who died of cancer was told tumor was ‘benign’ by Oak Park doctor

Edward Hines
Edward Hines

The family of an Oak Park resident who died of bladder cancer alleges he was wrongly told by his doctor that the tumor was benign and required no treatment.

The daughter of Edward Hines, 58, of Oak Park filed a lawsuit in January 2013 alleging medical negligence. Hines died in April.

Amber Hines claims her father went to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park Jan. 18, 2011, because he had “bladder pain and other functioning abnormalities.” He was discharged by Dr. Alan Y. Sadah and told a CT scan and other tests showed a tumor on his bladder that was “benign” and “cancer-free,” the lawsuit said.

Yet, the biopsy results weren’t available until Jan. 31, 2011, and they showed the tumor actually was “invasive” and “malignant.” The suit claims Sadah never conveyed that information to Hines.

Hines died of bladder cancer after undergoing surgery to remove his bladder and prostate, followed by chemotherapy, starting in March 2012, his daughter said.

Amber Hines said he endured unnecessary pain because he was misdiagnosed and later required more aggressive treatment.

“From the day he found that he did have cancer, when he was finally diagnosed, … he fought literally until his last breath,” Amber Hines said Friday. “It’s terrible that we had an entire year that he didn’t know to fight.”

But Sadah denied any wrongdoing in a reply to the lawsuit filed in June. He denied telling Edward Hines the tumor was “benign” or “cancer-free.” He also didn’t “admit or deny” allegations he failed to tell Hines his cancer was actually malignant.

Sadah could not be reached for comment Friday, and one of his attorneys at Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff had no comment. A spokeswoman for West Suburban Medical Center said hospital records “indicate Dr. Sadah provided the patient with appropriate medical care.”

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