Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis
The early stages of pancreatic cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms, making it very difficult to diagnose. More common in those aged 75 and over, it is very uncommon in those under 40 years old.
Pancreatic cancer can be split into two main groups, Exocrine and Endocrine. Exocrine account for around 95% of pancreatic cancers. Exocrine tumours start in the exocrine cells where the fluids that help us digest food are made. Endocrine tumours start in the endocrine cells which produce blood sugar controlling hormones.
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
Is an exocrine cancer found most often in the head of the pancreas but it can grow anywhere within the pancreas. It develops in the linings of the ducts which provide digestive juices to the small intestine. This is the most common form of pancreatic cancer.
There are other rare forms of exocrine cancers such as Acinar cell carcinoma which accounts for around 2% of pancreatic cancers, Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm which occur more in younger women and Pancreatoblastoma which usually affects children.
Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumour
Is an endocrine cancer which starts in the pancreatic cells producing hormones. The neuroendocrine system controls how the body works by producing hormones such as insulin and glucagon. Islet Cell Cancer is a form of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine tumour.
You may have suffered cancer related misdiagnosis if a medical professional didn’t do the following things:
- Examine you correctly
- Refer you to a cancer specialist
- Recognise and investigate symptoms properly
- Send you for the correct tests
- Read the test results incorrectly
- Misdiagnosed with diabetes
- Performed the wrong surgery
Is cancer often misdiagnosed?
Misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer can have very serious consequences which may result in fatality. Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be difficult due to the lack of symptoms in the early stages. It is reported that in America, misdiagnosed pancreatic cancer is as high as 31% because it displays the same symptoms as pancreatitis, gastritis or gallstones.
The NHSLA, the body that looks after all claims made against the NHS, say their figures show that in 2014/15 cancer was the second most misdiagnosed condition they received claims for.
How do we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
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Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
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