Fit and healthy man ‘gave up’ on GP before shock diagnosis

A fit and healthy 28-year-old gave up trying to get to the bottom of his symptoms with his GP just months before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after a trip to A&E. Dan Godley started getting tightness in his abdomen in July 2020.

Dan, a data manager, was sent to have an ultrasound to investigate through his employer’s private medical care, but the scan turned up nothing. He changed jobs, and it wasn’t until May 2021 that his symptoms began to worsen.

Dan visited his GP, who referred him for blood tests, all of which came back negative. Dan was informed of the results by text. Despite the negative results, his symptoms were worsening. That text ended the line of communication with his doctor about the issue, so each time he rang his GP he would have to explain all over again, CheshireLive reports.

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Dan said this was incredibly disheartening, and he gave up trying. In October 2021 his symptoms became unbearable. He says he experienced abdominal pain that was so intense that he was struggling to breathe. He went to A&E and underwent many procedures, including a PET scan, but it took several weeks until he was told he had a tumour on his pancreas.

Dan said “The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was such a shock to everyone. Particularly because of my age and my good health. The cyst growing on my pancreas had got so large that it blocked the bile duct off, resulting in jaundice.

“Without the cyst growing to this size and causing other problems with my body, I would have probably not been diagnosed until the cancer had spread beyond the pancreas.


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