I am sorry your relative has received such a grim diagnosis. There are very few successful medical malpractice cases based on delayed diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, because it is rapidly fatal in the overwhelming majority of cases. Early diagnosis is rare, and even early diagnosed cases are usually incurable.That said, every case is different, and your relative would be well advised to consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer and discuss the specific facts in his case. Such consultations are generally free.
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If the doctor failed to diagnose this, then yes. You can read about failure to diagnose cancer in detail on my website.
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This is probably something your relative should contact a medical neligence lawyer about immediately. This type of cancer is very aggressive but if there is a concern about mis-disdiagnosis then given the prognosis the person should call an attorney and consult.
I echo the condolences and thoughts of others - pancreatic cancer is an extremely agressive form of cancer that make cases involving failure to diagnose it very difficult in most circumstances. Should your family have questions, you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area.
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