Out of all cancers, pancreatic is one of the worst. It is hard to treat, and it's fatal much of the time if it's not caught in the earliest stage.
A study has found that pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis rates are alarmingly high at 31 percent, delaying patients from getting the care they need. It's often misdiagnosed in its early stages. Most patients who are misdiagnosed are told they have gallbladder-related illnesses.
It was found that, during a study of 313 patients, it took around three months longer from the first visit to the doctor until the diagnosis of cancer for those initially misdiagnosed.
In the study of 313 patients, 98 were initially misdiagnosed. There were a total of 119 diagnoses that were other than pancreatic cancer. That means that some patients were misdiagnosed more than once.
It was shown that patients who were initially misdiagnosed suffered with higher rates of abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea and weight loss. Pancreatitis was also more common at around 30 percent compared to 5 percent in those properly diagnosed.
Another thing to consider is that patients who were initially misdiagnosed were 1.4 times more likely to have Stage III or IV cancer at the time of the correct diagnosis. Despite this, the survival rates were not significantly altered when the disease was caught and diagnosed earlier.
A misdiagnosis can be the difference between life and death for some patients. If you've been affected by one, it's important that you have the chance to state your case and seek the compensation you and your family deserve. To learn more, please visit our webpages on misdiagnosis.