GP told to apologise to terminal patient after missing PSA results

A NEW ZEALAND man with terminal prostate cancer lost his chance for early diagnosis and intervention after his GP missed a test result showing a raised PSA level.

The man, who was 60 at the time, went to his GP complaining of reduced energy and breathlessness in March 2012, according to a report released by the country's Health and Disability Commissioner.

Among other investigations, the GP ordered a standard two-yearly PSA test for the man, but when the results returned showing an elevated level of 8.3ug/L, the