Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

According to data from Cancer Research UK, pancreatic cancer has one the lowest survival rates at 5%, with 9,170 death out of 10,257 reported cases between 2015 and 2017. Additionally, the CONCORD-3 global surveillance programme suggests that the UK is lagging behind the rest of the world at position 29/33 among comparable countries. Even more concerning, around 7 in every 10 patients with pancreatic cancer do not receive potentially curative radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or surgical treatment.

Can I Make A Claim for Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis?

You may be entitled to make a compensation claim for medical negligence if your pancreatic cancer was misdiagnosed or there was a delay in diagnosis.  

If your GP or consultant was negligent and your symptoms were not investigated, or you were not referred for further tests, the delay in obtaining the appropriate cancer treatment could have a significant impact on your recovery from the disease.  The failure to investigate potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer, and the subsequent delay in treatment, could contribute to the progression of the cancer to a more advanced stage.

Pancreatic cancer negligence claims may be brought against a GP, consultant, hospital or other healthcare provider for the:

  • Misinterpretation of tests designed to help in the detection of cancer—whether generally or specifically.
  • Failing to take further action/investigation on suspicious or abnormal findings.
  • Where a GP does not refer a patient to a specialist when they present symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer.
  • Misdiagnosing a patient with pancreatic cancer—leading to unnecessary surgery or other treatments.
  • Misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer as another condition.
  • Any other situation in which the medical care received may have been below acceptable standards during the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer

The compensation payout could provide for:

  • Specialist private surgery or treatment to recover from pancreatic cancer and the consequences of the cancer
  • Necessary care and assistance
  • Rehabilitation or home adaptations
  • Loss of earnings
  • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)

A poor or negligent medical evaluation could result in pancreatic cancer being undetected for years. Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the pancreas is crucial to prevent the spread of the disease and improve the chances of making a full recovery. If you experienced negligent medical care associated with the late diagnosis of your pancreatic cancer, you could be entitled to compensation.

Devonshires Claims’ experienced cancer misdiagnosis solicitors support victims of medical negligence to make a pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claim on a No Win No Fee basis. For more information on making a pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis claim or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

The Consequences of a Late Diagnosis of Pancreas Cancer

Mistakes or delays in diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can lead to serious consequences—especially if an opportunity for successful treatment is lost. Late diagnosis and misdiagnosis can lead to the worsening or onset of symptoms such as:

  • Unexplained loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Stomach pain that may extend to the side and back
  • The onset of jaundice, especially if the tumour affects the head of the pancreas—hence compressing the bile duct
  • Changes in intestinal transits – i.e., bowel movement patterns
  • The onset of diabetes because the body is unable to properly regulate the release of insulin
  • Prolonged shivering or fever
  • Unexplained vomiting
  • Itching in multiples body parts

If your GP, consultant, radiologist or other health care provider failed to diagnose your pancreas cancer, you could be entitled to make a medical negligence compensation claim. For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our ‘No Win No Fee’ pancreatic cancer claims experts today on 0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

Read our FAQs

Pancreatic cancer occurs when a cancerous (malignant) tumour forms in the pancreas—a pear-shaped organ behind the stomach. The pancreas contains endocrine glands that produce hormones to manage blood sugar and exocrine glands that produce enzymes to aid in the digestion of foods. Generally the types of tumours affecting the organ include neuroendocrine tumours and exocrine tumours.

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are often vague and easily mistaken for other conditions—making diagnosis difficult without proper investigative care. It typically does not cause easily detectable symptoms until the malignant cells spread to neighbouring organs. Some conditions that present symptoms similar to pancreatic cancer include:

  • Peptic ulcer
  • Conditions affecting the gallbladder such as gallstones.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Infection or inflammation of the intestines.
  • Reflux and heartburn.
  • Muscular pain.

When a patient presents with symptoms commonly associated with pancreatic cancer,  the doctor should perform a series of examinations—including checking for lumps, determining whether the liver is enlarged, examining eyes for signs of jaundice, and investigating the condition of the abdomen.

The GP may also request blood or urine samples for further testing and refer a patient to a specialist. The specialist may conduct several additional tests. This includes CT scans (Computerised Tomography), ultrasound scans, PET scans (Positron Emission Tomography), ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography), EUS (Endoluminal Ultrasonography) endoscopies, a biopsy, or a laparoscopy.


Late Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer is Common

Unfortunately 3 in 5 people are diagnosed at an advanced stage (stage 3 and stage 4) and 1 in 5 people are diagnosed at an early stage (stage 1 and stage 2).



Pancreatic Cancer (C25), Proportion of Cases Diagnosed at Each Stage, All Ages, England and Scotland, 2014

Pancreas Cancer Stats


Early diagnosis of any type of cancer generally improves treatment outcomes. The longer the pancreatic cancer goes undiagnosed, the lower the chances of survival, the higher the treatment cost, and the greater the associated problems. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends early diagnosis as “an important public health strategy in all setting.”

Early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer increases the chances of recovery. To claim negligence, one would need to prove that the delay in diagnosing the pancreatic cancer adversely affected your health outcome or treatment.

To make a compensation claim for pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis, speak to one of our medical negligence compensation Solicitors today. Our team will assess whether the duty of care owed to you was breached, and whether breaching this duty of care caused your injuries.  If so, are likely to have a strong case for compensation.

The ‘limitation’ period to bring a claim for medical negligence is generally 3 years from the date of negligence or the date of knowledge of the injury.  This means that if you became aware of the failure to diagnose cancer weeks, months, or even years later, the 3 year period could commence from then.  In rare circumstances, the Court may use its discretion to extend the limitation period, but only for exceptional reasons, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.  The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin our investigations and the sooner we can start to assist with your treatment and recovery.

Absolutely! Devonshires Claims can provide a ‘No Win – No Fee’ claims service for pancreatic cancer misdiagnosis compensation claims.

Under a  No Win No Fee’ arrangement, which is also known as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’ , you will not be charged any costs if your case is not successful*.

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If your pancreas cancer was diagnosed late or misdiagnosed your compensation payout could provide for:

  • Specialist medical treatment on a private basis
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
  • Medical aids and home adaptations
  • Financial support for the loss of earnings, including future earnings such as pension payments
  • Recovery of expenses eg. travel
  • Specialist care and support

The compensation payout for cancer misdiagnosis can only be determined once we understand the full impact of disease and the delay in diagnosis on your life and wellbeing.

Pancreatic Cancer Statistics in the UK

  • 10, 257 new cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed in the UK between 2015-2017
  • Pancreatic cancer represents 3% of total cancer cases diagnosed in the UK between, 2015-2017
  • 85-89 was the common age of diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in the UK between 2015-2017
  • Pancreatic cancer is the 10th most common cancer in the UK (2017)
  • Pancreatic cancer contributes 6% of the total cancer deaths, 2015-2017, UK



Pancreatic Cancer Statistics Worldwide

According to the World Cancer Research Fund:

  • Pancreatic cancer is the 12th most commonly occurring cancer in men and the 11th most commonly occurring cancer in women.
  • There were 460,000 new cases in 2018.
  • This cancer is almost always fatal and is the seventh most common cause of cancer death, accounting for 4 per cent of all cancer deaths.


The top 20 countries with the highest rates of pancreatic cancer in 2018 are given in the tables below

RankCountryAge-standardised rate per 100,000
8Czech Republic9.0
9=France (metropolitan)8.9
14New Caledonia (France)8.6
19=Bosnia & Herzegovina8.0
19=French Guiana8.0

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer will vary depending on where the cancer is in the pancreas (in the head, body or tail of the pancreas). The most common type of pancreatic cancer starts in the cells that produce digestive juices and is called an exocrine tumour.

Although pancreatic cancer does not usually cause symptoms in the early stages, as the cancer grows the following symptoms could present:

  • pain in the stomach area or back
  • yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes (jaundice)
  • unexplained weight loss

Other symptoms could include:

  • diabetes (you may experience thirst, an increase in urination, weakness, weight loss and hunger)
  • Itching of the skin
  • Sickness or nausea
  • Changes in bowel motions
  • Fever and shivering
  • Indigestions
  • Blood clots

Symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be vague and therefore it is important to monitor these and seek medical advice as soon as possible.


How to Make Compensation Claims for Pancreatic Cancer Misdiagnosis

If you feel that your GP, consultant or other healthcare provider was negligent and responsible for the late diagnosis or misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.

At Devonshires Claims our highly experienced cancer misdiagnosis solicitors have helped patients throughout the UK obtain compensation which reflected the negligence and provided financial support for medical treatment, specialist care and aids and loss of earnings. For more information or to start your free case evaluation, contact our experts today on  0333 900 8787, email or complete our online form.

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