Massachusetts family awarded $4.2 million in lawsuit over cancer diagnosis

The father died after receiving a late kidney cancer diagnosis.

BILLERICA, Mass. (AP) — A jury has awarded a Massachusetts family $4.2 million in connection with the father who died after receiving a late kidney cancer diagnosis.

The Lowell Sun reports the jury found 54-year-old Neil Senna’s primary care physician negligent in failing to notify him of a symptom that could have pointed to an earlier cancer diagnosis.

The attorney who represented the Senna family in their medical malpractice lawsuit says Neil Senna should have seen a specialist when blood was found in his urine in 2009.

Senna wasn’t diagnosed until 2011 when a mass was discovered in his kidney. He died on New Year’s Eve in 2014.

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The physician previously told the newspaper he addresses abnormalities with patients “as the standard of care requires.”

His attorney has not responded to requests for comment.