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A Phoenix veteran blames the city’s Veterans Administration for neglecting his now terminal cancer illness. Army vet Steve Cooper was diagnosed with prostate cancer after delays in securing an appointment at the VA hospital. When he was finally seen, it wasn’t with a doctor but a nurse practitioner who spotted the prostate irregularity.

Cooper’s attorney, Greg Patton, told KNXV-TV the nurse failed to order a prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test. Patton said the nurse referred his client to a urologist but did not schedule a follow up appointment. That delayed the treatment for at least another year, according to Patton.


Cooper served in the military nearly 18 years. He’s now 44-years-old with stage four prostate cancer. Cooper is seeking $50 million in the medical negligence lawsuit. His attorney thinks that’s fair amount because “Steve’s earning capacity when projected out over his lifetime working capacity is well over 25 million dollars. So we think 50 million is a reasonable sum in this case,” Patton said.

Yolanda R. Arrington is a content editor for Rare. Tweet her @iamyolanda and like her on Facebook.
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