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Pancreatic cancer: A deadly disease

Misdiagnosis can prove to be deadly to those who have had the misfortune of experiencing it. When a physician gives a patient the wrong diagnosis, the actual disease or condition is given addition time to spread or worsen. This is the case for cancer patients who have been misdiagnosed or who have had a physician fail to provide a diagnosis at all.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, as it takes the lives of 44,330 people annually, according to the American Cancer Society. It is so deadly in fact, that approximately 95 percent of people who are diagnosed with the disease will die. One of the main reasons why this form of cancer takes so many lives is because there are little to no symptoms during the initial stages. Not only does the lack of symptoms make it hard to identify, there are currently no screening methods available to detect pancreatic cancer. Once the cancer hits stage three, patients may start to experience jaundice and/or stomach pain. By that point, it may be too late. Tumors discovered during advanced stages have a greater chance of reoccurring and, in some cases, may spread to other surrounding organs, including the liver.

If patients are misdiagnosed with a condition, they may suffer devastating, long-term consequences. Victims of medical negligence may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and emotional trauma. An attorney in Arizona may be able to assist those who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice.

Source: AZfamily.com, “Why pancreatic cancer is so deadly,” Elizabeth Landau, Aug. 16, 2018.

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