Second NYPD cop with cancer claims doctor ‘molested’ her.

A Queens police officer battling aggressive breast cancer claims the New York City Police Department’s assistant chief surgeon “harassed” her and forced her to return to work despite having a port implanted for chemotherapy, according to a lawsuit.

Nicole Seaman, 33, said the move to restore her to full duty puts her at risk of a medical emergency “and even death”.

NYPD doctor John Santucci allegedly didn’t care about her medical history, including a variety of health issues stemming from her 2018 diagnosis, Seaman claimed in a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the city and doctor.

“Why do I care if you have a port or not?” Santucci reportedly told her. “If you can’t work full-time, you’re of no use to the NYPD.”

Seaman joined the force in 2014 and was on maternity leave just weeks after giving birth to her first child in June 2018 when she received a devastating diagnosis: Stage 2 “triple negative” breast cancer, “which has the worst chance of survival,” she said in the March 3 legal filing.

The disease has a survival rate of 77%.

Seaman endured 12 surgeries for cancer and reconstruction of her breasts, and was unemployed until her return in 2020 on limited duty while meeting with NYPD doctors monthly.

Santucci took over her case in 2021 and “would berate her” whenever they met, Seaman said in the lawsuit.

“You don’t know how powerful I am,” he told the officer, according to the lawsuit. “I could let you go until the end of the day.”

Santucci ordered Seaman to return to full duty in August, although she still needs port and cannot wear a bulletproof vest.

“The NYPD medical department would rather berate a police officer fighting for her life from the most aggressive form of breast cancer than accommodate her,” her attorney, John Scola, said.

Seaman, who is the second officer with cancer to sue Santucci for molestation, is seeking unspecified damages.

A spokesman for the legal department said the city is reviewing the complaint.

The NYPD declined to comment.

Santucci, who is represented by the Captain’s Endowment Association, declined to comment, but his union said officers who are away from home for extended periods are referred to an independent medical board to determine if they are fit for duty.

“DR. Santucci followed all rules and regulations,” said CEA President Chris Monahan.

https://nypost.com/2023/03/18/second-cancer-stricken-nypd-cop-claims-doc-harassed-her/ Second NYPD cop with cancer claims doctor ‘molested’ her.

JACLYN DIAZ

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