Attorney: Sal DiMasi’s Cancer Has Spread, Care Came Late

June 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Attorney: Sal DiMasi’s Cancer Has Spread, Care Came Late
" BOSTON (CBS) – Convicted former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal DiMasi’s tongue cancer has spread and he was denied medical care for months, his attorney announced Wednesday.

DiMasi, 66, was diagnosed with cancer in his tongue and lymph nodes back in April. He’s currently serving an 8-year sentence for corruption at a federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky.

In papers filed in the First Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday, his attorney Tom Kiley stated that DiMasi noticed “several lumps on his neck” back in December and that the “preliminary diagnosis was that the lumps were potentially cancerous.”

Read: DiMasi Filing (.pdf)

“Before further testing could be done on the lumps on his neck, he was transported from Kentucky, through other federal detention facilities, to the federal detention facility in Central Falls, Rhode Island for his appearance before a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Massachusetts,” Kiley wrote.

“At each detention facility Mr. DiMasi passed through, he requested medical treatment and asked that the tests that were supposed to have been done in Kentucky be performed.”

“He received no such treatment or testing” until April 24, Kiley claimed, when DiMasi was sent to the University of Kentucky Hospital to see a cancer specialist.

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