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Deborah Hollowood alleges her mother Shirley Emo was seen by Dr. Hastings on three occasions complaining of a sore raised lesion on her scalp. Dr. Hastings treated the area by freezing it to make the lesion fall off. It was not until over a year later, when her mother told her about the lesion and treatments Ms. Hollowood asked for a biopsy. The biopsy results showed invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Ms. Emo was immediately referred to a plastic surgeon for treatment, and underwent 20 radiation treatments as well. Dr. Thomas Hastings says he did treat the lesion on two occasions using a cryotherapy treatment, the first done February 6, 2015 and the second done January 21, 2016. Ms. Emo was seen in his offices between the two treatments for unrelated issues and did not mention the lesion or voice any concerns about it at those appointments. He acknowledges he did not biopsy, measure the precise location of the first lesion. And as it had been a year between the initial visit and treatment and her mention of problems again, he could not be certain it was the same lesion or a new growth.…show more content…
Ms. Emo, accompanied by one of her daughters was seen April 7th, 2016 and a biopsy done. The results showed invasive squamous cell carcinoma, she was immediately referred to a plastic surgeon for treatment, and underwent 20 radiation treatments as well. Dr. Hastings says biopsies are a simple task and had Ms. Emo voiced any concerns, or discussed the treatment of the first lesion not working he would had offered a biopsy or other treatment as
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