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Doc: No clue before surgery man had penile cancer

August 23rd, 2011 4:25 pm by Staff Report

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A second day of testimony has concluded in the lawsuit trial of a Kentucky doctor who amputated part of man's penis without his knowledge after finding it riddled with cancer.

The final witness Tuesday was the defendant, Frankfort urologist Dr. John Patterson. Looking straight at the jury, Patterson said there was no indication before the surgery that 64-year-old Phillip Seaton was afflicted with penile cancer.

What began as a circumcision to relieve inflammation changed dramatically when Patterson said he cut away the foreskin and found a diseased organ that wasn't recognizable as a penis.

Seaton and his wife, Deborah, are seeking unspecified damages for "loss of service, love and affection."

The trial in Shelby County Circuit Court is expected to wrap up Wednesday.

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