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Why so many missed diagnoses? was posted 04/30/1998 01:48 am by ETL
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My father was diagnosed with PC about two months ago. For more than six months he was complaining of severe abdominal pain radiating to his back. No tests were done. Even several months after suddenly developing severe diabetes no tests were done. Not even a CT scan. When he was finally diagnosed, of course the PC had spread and his prognosis is grim. I have been in this wonderful chat room for about a month, and it has been very helpful to my family. I have one question, though, that I have not yet seen addressed here. WHY DO THE FAMILY DOCTORS AND INTERNISTS TAKE SO LONG TO DIAGNOSE THIS DISEASE WHEN THE SYMPTOMS SEEM TO BE SO SIMILAR AND PREDICTABLE?Is it going to be necessary for there to be a bunch of malpractice suits to send the message to the medical community that this continuing failure to diagnose pancreatic cancer will not be tolerated? Do any other people feel the way I do?

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