Also known as gastric cancer, stomach cancer affects around 7,500 people in the UK every year. It’s easy to mistake stomach cancer for other conditions, as it presents rather vague symptoms, which can include:
- Persistent abdominal pain
- Recurring indigestion/heartburn
- Feeling bloated and very full after meals
- Frequent burping and trapped wind
It’s not known exactly what causes stomach cancer, but there are factors which can increase your risk of developing the disease, including being male, smoking, being older than 55, or eating a lot of pickled and salted foods.
Failure to diagnose stomach cancer could mean the cancer spreads and leaves limited options for treatment. Treatment usually helps to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life rather than curing the condition altogether. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery may be needed, whilst some people may undergo a gastrectomy to remove part or all of the stomach. This could mean you’ll have to reduce your portion size when eating. The outlook for stomach cancer depends on your age and general health, but also on how early you are diagnosed, therefore failure to diagnose stomach cancer could affect your prognosis. Around 5,000 people in the UK die from stomach cancer each year, with 11% of those diagnosed expected to live for at least 10 years.
Have you been diagnosed with stomach cancer?
If your GP has failed to diagnose stomach cancer or you have received a delayed diagnosis, you may be feeling shocked, upset and stressed. Depending on how delayed your diagnosis is, your prognosis may be affected, and you may need to undergo surgery which could have been avoided had your GP spotted the symptoms sooner. If there is evidence of medical negligence, you could claim compensation for your suffering, and the amount of compensation you’ll receive will also take into account any loss of earnings from time off work.
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown