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A failure to diagnose stomach cancer can be deadly

Many Pittsburgh residents will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, whether because they are diagnosed with cancer or because a loved one is. Either way, a cancer diagnosis is scary for everyone affected. There are many unanswered questions regarding treatment and outcomes. When there is a failure to diagnose cancer by a medical provider it can have tragic circumstances.

Stomach cancer, which is also called gastric cancer, affects many patients across the United States. The diagnosis for stomach cancer can be complicated because many of the symptoms for the cancer are common ailments. Symptoms of stomach cancer include feeling full after eating small meals, bloating, stomach pain, severe heartburn, fatigue, indigestion and vomiting. Although many of these symptoms can be caused by less severe conditions, a patient who continues to show signs should be taken seriously by a medical providers.

As in many cases of cancer, the earlier the detection the better the results. When there is a failure to diagnose cancer it can result in delayed treatment. A delay of treatment can result in a worsened condition and even death. Families who suspect that their cancer was not diagnosed in a timely manner may want to discuss their concerns with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. A negligent physician should be held accountable for their mistakes.

Cancer takes the lives of thousands of Pittsburgh residents each year. For those who are affected by a failure to diagnose cancer their lives can be turned upside down. A failure to diagnose cancer can be life-altering for those affected.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Stomach cancer," accessed Nov. 23, 2014

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