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Located in the abdomen behind the stomach, the pancreas secretes fluids that assist with digestion and break down of proteins and fats. The pancreas also releases hormones including insulin which is needed to control blood sugar. Pancreatic cancer develops when the cells of the gland grow out of control. The cancer can then spread to other areas of the body, which is known as metastasis. There appears to be a link to pancreatic cancer and heredity, as a higher than average number of cases of the disease has been found in particular families. This form of pancreatic cancer is referred to as familial pancreatic cancer. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of pancreatic cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

The majority of pancreatic cancer forms from cells located in the exocrine pancreas, which is the portion of the pancreas that secretes. Pancreatic cancer cells commonly appear as gland like, which is called adenocarcinoma.

For many patients, it is hard to pinpoint the exact cause of pancreatic cancer. Environmental and genetic factors have all been associated with pancreatic cancer. Diets high in fat have also been linked to the disease, while diets high in fruits and vegetables seem to decrease the chances. Smoking is also known to increase the risk of this disease, as it is estimated that nearly thirty percent of all cases are linked to smoking. Coffee drinking and alcohol consumption are further risk factors; however this data has not been clinically proven. Patients who have undergone other types of stomach surgery may also have an increased risk for pancreatic cancer. Jobs in farming industries and manufacturing have been linked to higher numbers of the disease.

The relationship between pancreatic cancer and diabetes has also been closely examined. While it is not clear if diabetes is a symptom or cause of the disease, what is known is that health care professionals should be more alert to monitoring for cancer in diabetic patients. Pancreases that are exposed to inflammation over the long term and people with pancreatitis may also be at an increased risk.

Symptoms

Pancreatic cancer is not common, especially in people under the age of fifty years old. The most noted symptoms include weight loss, pain in the abdomen, jaundice which could be due to indigestion, fatigue, nausea, and bloating after eating. Because these symptoms are fairly vague, it is not uncommon for these symptoms to be misdiagnosed as less severe issues, especially in the very early stages. When a doctor fails to conduct further testing, or completes a misdiagnosis, medical negligence has occurred. Treatment for pancreatic cancer typically involves chemotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of pancreatic cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Diagnosis

A proper diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be somewhat complex, but should start off with a doctor sending the patient for specialized tests and necessary treatments. Since jaundice is the most noticeable symptom, it should be quite easy to identify as the whites of the eyes and the skin will appear yellow. From here, urine and blood tests should be done, as well as x-rays, computerized tomography scans (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRIs), ultrasounds, endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography ERCP, biopsy, laparoscopy, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) should be ordered. Because all of these tests are open to human interpretation, it is quite easy for an error to occur in the diagnostic process. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of pancreatic cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Pancreas Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you or someone you has experienced a misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. Our team of medical negligence solicitors can help you with this process and can evaluate your case. Since all of our solicitor consultations are free of charge and require no further obligation, you have nothing to lose.


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