According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), seven percent of all cancer-related deaths are due to pancreatic cancer. The ACS estimates that approximately 44,330 people will die this year as a result of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer occurs in the tissue of the pancreas, which is located in the abdominal cavity. The pancreas is responsible for helping to manage blood sugar.
Typically, pancreatic cancer spreads quickly and, as a result, is not likely detected in the early stages. For this reason, a timely diagnosis is key to saving a person’s life. Symptoms of pancreatic cancer include the following:
- Upper abdominal pain;
- Lower back pain;
- Loss of appetite;
- Sudden weight loss;
- Mood swings or depression;
- Onset diabetes;
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes, among others.
Adequate testing for pancreatic cancer is vital to detecting the disease and beginning treatment promptly. Certain increased risk factors for pancreatic cancer include the following:
- A family history of pancreatic cancer;
- Chronic pancreatitis;
- Gastroenterology problems, among others.
These are key signs that a doctor should be looking for in a patient that may be at risk of developing or having pancreatic cancer. If a doctor fails to test for pancreatic cancer in a patient that exhibits signs or fails to diagnose pancreatic cancer in a timely manner, a patient may have a claim for medical malpractice.
In New York State, a victim of delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis may recover damages for the harm that he or she suffered. Medical malpractice occurs when a physician deviates from the appropriate standard of care and as result causes harm to the patient. If this occurs, a patient may recover damages for their injuries. This may include compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering;
- Rehabilitation; and
- Lost wages, among others.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorney in order to recover the compensation that the law provides. Goldberg Sager & Associates is experienced in dealing with all aspects of personal injury and medical malpractice and is dedicated to helping clients achieve the best possible outcome for their case. Contact the Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Goldberg Sager & Associates at (347) 497-3245 for a free phone consultation.