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Stomach Cancer and Medical Malpractice

Sep 26, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

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Stomach cancer, which is also more commonly known as gastric cancer affects several persons across the globe. The most common type known as adenocarcinoma starts in the glandular tissue that constitutes the lining of the stomach and accounts for nearly 95% of all gastric cancers.

You can also contract cancer of the lymphomas that involves the lymphatic system and sarcomas, which may also involve the connective tissue such as the blood vessels, fat, and muscles.

The best chance for a cure and recovery from gastric cancer is when it is detected and treated at a very early stage. However, it can be hard to treat if it is at an advanced stage when diagnosed.

This kind of cancer can develop in any part of the stomach and spread to other organs such as the liver, lungs, and esophagus. According to reports, gastric cancer is responsible for close to 800,000 deaths worldwide each year.

Signs and symptoms of gastric cancer include:

· Indigestion

· Loss of appetite for meat

· Heartburn

· Additional discomfort while eating

· Nausea

· Abdominal pain

· Diarrhea

· Constipation

· Anemia

· Blood in the stool

· Vomiting

· Trouble in swallowing

· Tumor in the upper portion of the stomach

Diagnosis of gastric cancer is done by sending an abnormal tissue detected in a gastroscopic examination for a biopsy. The tissue is carefully examined to check for the presence of cancerous cells.

Clinical stages of stomach cancer are:

Stage 0. Cancer is limited to only the inner lining of the stomach.

Stage I. Cancer begins to penetrate the second and third layer of the stomach as well as the nearby lymph nodes.

Stage II. Cancer cells penetrate beyond the second layer and affect distant lymph nodes. The third layer and nearby lymph nodes may also be affected.

Stage III. When the cancer spreads to the third layer and distant lymph nodes, and begins to penetrate the fourth layer as well as nearby tissues and/or distant lymph nodes.

Stage IV. This is when the cancer has spread to nearby tissues and the distant lymph nodes, and also metastatized to nearby vital organs.

Treatment for gastric cancer depends on both the tissue type and the stage of the cancer. Treatment for adenocarcinoma may include:

Surgery: You may be asked to undergo surgery to remove all the cancer cells and allow for a margin of healthy tissue to be left behind. The surgeon will remove the lymph nodes surrounding the stomach to ensure they haven’t been invaded by the cancerous cells. Removing the affected part of the stomach may instantly relieve the signs and symptoms that accompany gastric cancer. This is known as palliative therapy.

Radiation therapy: This form of therapy uses high powered beams of energy in order to kill cancerous cells. It may be used before surgery in order to shrink a tumor in the stomach to facilitate its easy removal. Radiation may also be used post-surgery to kill any cancer cells that may be left behind. In most cases radiation is combined with chemotherapy. This form of treatment can cause nausea and indigestion.

RMFW Law Shines the Brightest in NYC

Chemotherapy and clinical trials may also be used to treat cases of gastric cancer. If you or someone you know has contracted gastric cancer that your doctor failed to diagnose or did not treat correctly, you may file for compensation. Contact one of the many reputed medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280 to discuss your case over a free consultation.

RMFW Law has been through the fire before. We know about every situation this entails. We know that a medical expert is needed to back up your claim or you do not have one. It is that simple and serious. We have many contacts in the medical community and if we believe you have a viable case we will send your file off to medical pros that we know. If one of the climbs on board, then we are a go.

The first meeting is free. Cases like this take months and months if not longer. We charge you nothing up front and we only win if we settle out of court or win in court. No major decision will be made without your approval.

Call RMFW Law today!