Adenocarcinoma is a form of cancer that develops in the small intestines. Because its initial symptoms include pain, nausea and vomiting, it can be difficult for doctors to pin it down immediately. In fact, it usually takes several months before patients are correctly diagnosed. Residents of Florida who are experiencing these or any of the other symptoms mentioned below will want to see a doctor.
The pain that patients with adenocarcinoma feel will seem like cramping pain because it could get worse after they eat. As the tumor starts to grow, the vomiting and nausea will come in. If it grows large enough, the tumor could obstruct the passage of food. Another frequent sign of the cancer is rapid weight loss without any effort on the patient’s part.
If the tumor is located in the duodenum, the first part of the small intestines, it’s liable to obstruct the bile duct and lead to jaundice. Other conditions, such as gallstones, can cause jaundice, which is why the cancer is, once again, hard to diagnose properly.
Adenocarcinoma could also create a hole in the wall of the intestines, resulting in further pain and nausea. If the tumor bleeds into the intestine, it could have one of two effects: anemia if the bleeding is slow or dark-colored stool if the bleeding is rapid.
When a doctor’s negligence leads to the failure to diagnose adenocarcinoma, the victim could file a medical malpractice claim against the hospital and possibly be reimbursed for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering and whatever else applies. Legal counsel could request inquiries with the local medical boards, hire investigators and handle all negotiations.