Stomach Cancer Medical Malpractice Lawyer Compensation Claims
Thousands of Canadian citizens are diagnosed with stomach cancer every year however only a minority are diagnosed early enough to affect a cure. The key to survival is early diagnosis and treatment which is often delayed due to misdiagnosis or misinterpreted test results. Stomach cancer misdiagnosis is extremely common and failure by a healthcare practitioner that amounts to negligence is a matter of medical malpractice and entitles the victim to claim financial recompense for pain and suffering or the loss of opportunity for a cure. Our specialist medical malpractice lawyers deal with stomach cancer clinical negligence cases against doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare providers working in medical practices, clinics, hospitals and all other places where health care is dispensed. If you would like advice about stomach cancer misdiagnosis just contact our offices and a specialist medical malpractice lawyer with call to discuss your potential compensation claim without charge and without further obligation. Our medical malpractice lawyers will give you their opinion on the liability of the negligent healthcare provider and will estimate the amount of the likely award of damages there and then.
Stomach Cancer Misdiagnosis Facts
About 2,000 individuals will be diagnosed with stomach cancer each year in Canada and of those, about 1,000 will die of the disease. The median age of diagnosis of cancer of the stomach is aged 70 years. The rate is twice as high in blacks, Asians and American Indians as in whites and twice as many men die of the disease when compared to women. The median age of death from stomach cancer is 73 years of age. This amounts to about 3.8 per 100,000 individuals each year. The rate of death from cancer of the stomach is twice as high in men as in women.
Survival from stomach cancer depends on the stage of the disease. If the cancer is localized, the survival rate is 61 percent after five years. If the disease has spread to lymph nodes, the five year survival rate is about 28 percent. If the cancer has metastasized, the survival rate is only about 3.7 percent. More than a third of all stomach cancers are first diagnosed after the disease has become metastatic.
Stomach cancer is also called gastric cancer. There are several types of gastric cancer, including adenocarcinoma, the most common type of cancer of the stomach. Adenocarcinoma comes from the lining of the stomach. It is the most common type of digestive cancer in the world, even though it is much less common in the US. It is very common in places like Iceland, Chile and Japan.
The risk of stomach cancer is related to eating cured, salted or smoked foods. It is also related to having a family history of stomach cancer, being infected with Helicobacter pylori, having adenomatous polyps of the stomach, suffering from chronic atrophic gastritis, smoking, and having pernicious anemia.
The symptoms of gastric cancer can be very vague at first. They can include a dull sense of abdominal fullness or pain in the upper abdomen, having dark stools, having difficulty swallowing, a sensation of fullness after eating a small amount of food, belching frequently, having a loss of appetite, having nausea and/or vomiting, vomiting blood, being weak or tired and having an unintentional weight loss.
The diagnosis of gastric cancer depends on a complete history and physical, and by having a high index of suspicion for having gastric cancer. The diagnosis is delayed because symptoms are not common in the early stages of the disease and the symptoms mimic other GI disorders.
Doctors can do a EGD or esophagogastroduodenoscopy, which is a camera study that looks inside the esophagus and stomach. If cancerous changes are seen, a biopsy of the area can be done using this examination. An upper GI series uses barium to outline the inside of the stomach. A CT or MRI scan of the abdomen can help diagnose the disease, including the presence of metastatic disease. An ultrasound of the abdomen might show metastatic or extensive disease.
Once the disease is diagnosed, doctors plan a treatment plan for gastric cancer. Surgery is usually done to remove the stomach in its entirety, connecting the esophagus to the duodenum. This can cure the disease. Radiation is able to get at residual disease of the stomach and chemotherapy can be used to treat the disease. It turns out that tumours of the lower stomach are more treatable and curable than those found in the upper stomach or near the esophagus. Cure is not possible if the cancer is outside of the stomach and treatment is only palliative at that time.