Pancreatic Cancer Negligence Claims

Cancers have a terrible impact on the lives of patients and their families every year in the UK and being misdiagnosed can have devastating consequences on not just the patient but also their family.

Pancreatic cancer is cancer that is found in the pancreas, an organ that forms part of the humans tummy. It’s job is to help with the digestion of food and to creatine hormones, such as insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

The severity of a pancreatic cancer case will generally depend on where the cancerous cells are within the pancreas and the size of them. Diagnosis for pancreatic cancer can be extremely difficult, if you have been misdiagnosed and it has caused your condition to worsen then you may be able to claim compensation.

If you’d like to speak to a lawyer about your case, get in touch with our experienced team of medical negligence lawyers who will be happy to review your case and carry it through should you have one.

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What is Pancreatic Cancer ?

Our pancreas is an organ that forms part of our tummy, it’s role is to digest food and release hormones, like insulin to regulate our bodies blood sugar levels. Types of pancreatic cancer can be described by where they are found in the pancreas and by the type of cell that they start from. Cancer can occur in any part of the pancreas, but around 6 or 7 in every 10 pancreatic cancers (60–70%) start in the head of the pancreas.

There are several different types of pancreatic cancer. The most common type is ductal adenocarcinoma, which starts from cells in the lining of the pancreatic ducts. More than 9 out of 10 pancreatic cancers (95%) are ductal adenocarcinomas.

Cancer may develop at the ampulla of Vater, where the bile and pancreatic ducts join up and enter the small bowel (duodenum). This is called ampullary cancer.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of pancreatic cancer are:

  • The whites of your eyes or your skin turn yellow (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin
  • Darker pee and/or paler poo than usual
  • Loss of appetite or losing weight
  • Feeling tired or lethargic
  • A high temperature, or feeling hot or shivery

You may also suffer from symptoms that relate to digestion, such as:

    • Feeling or being sick
    • Diarrhoea or constipation, or other changes in your poo
    • Pain at the top part of your tummy and your back, which may feel worse when you’re eating or lying down and better when you lean forward
    • Symptoms of indigestion, such as feeling bloated

Diagnosis & Treatment

Anyone can suffer with pancreatic cancer and often the causes are not obvious, which can make diagnosis extremely difficult. It’s more common in people over the age of 75 and is very rare in anyone who is under 40. It also seems to be more common for those for have certain medical conditions, such as long term chronic pancreatitis or there is a history of pancreatic cancer in your family.

Treatment will vary depending on a few factors, these include:

  • The size of the cnacer
  • The type of cancer
  • Where it’s located
  • Where it has spread (if it has spread)
  • the patients general health

The most common types of treatment are:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Supportive care

The team of specialist medical professionals should explain all of the treatment options to you, going through the positives and negatives for each and they should also monitor you to make sure you’re recovering. This might include diet changes to help you to digest foods.

We are here to help you

Our team of specialist medical negligence lawyers have many years of experience in pursuing complex lung cancer claims.

Clients truly value that we act purely for individuals. We understand that you are an individual and should have a personalised legal service to reflect that.

We offer you a free initial consultation and act on a no win no fee basis.

No Win No Fee

Youngs Law offer no win, no fee for all of our medical negligence claims, so if you don’t win your case and receive compensation, you don’t pay us a penny. We will also wait for any fee to be paid to us when you receive you compensation and not upon winning you case.

If you think you may have a medical negligence claim involving genetics, contact us today.

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033 33 582 583

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