These three children, Francisco, Olivia, and Elodie have all gone misdiagnosed before their diagnosis of cancer and they aren't the only ones.
In a review of 354 pediatric patients, 52% of children were misdiagnosed before being diagnosed with cancer at the University of Rochester Golisano Children’s Hospital between 2004 and 2012. That's just one hospital!!
Pediatric cancers are often misdiagnosed because children sometimes may not be able to explain their symptoms or their symptoms are very common with other illnesses like the flu. Sometimes even doctors won't worry about cancer symptoms in kids because it's ”rare”. The most often misdiagnosed cancers are Hepatoblastoma, Neuroblastomas, Lymphomas, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and Osteosarcoma. These conditions are misdiagnosed by doctors because the symptoms could be growing pains, pulled mussels, mono, the flu, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, hernias, bone infections and more. A late diagnosis of pediatric cancer can be deadly. It gives cancer the time to metastasize. Sometimes children are very harmed by misdiagnosis. Finding cancer later in life can sometimes mean treatment is limited but if it was found early, treatment could have been effective. If you know something is wrong and your doctor won't listen please find a different doctor who will and don't stop until you find one.
IG: Francisco @franciscos_fight Olivia @olivia.kalivas Elodie @pointytomatoe
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Hello everyone! It’s Lindsey Pacios, the Founder and President of Team Cure. I started this blog to post some of my favorite articles I have written originally on Instagram onto our website! We also have some unique content on here you can’t find on our social media accounts. I hope you learn and get something out of this blog! Remember to go gold and share the facts about childhood cancer. Awareness leads to funding and that leads to a cure.
- Lindsey Pacios
Founder and President of Team Cure