Melyanna (melyanna) wrote in little_details,

Medical plausibility check (cancer diagnosis)

I'm writing a plot at the moment that involves a character being diagnosed with a form of cancer. My idea is that the doctors find a tumor in his lung first and think it's lung cancer in an early stage, but then discover that it's actually pancreatic cancer that has metastasized. Is this a plausible progression?

Also, how would the medical team figure out that it's pancreatic cancer and not lung cancer? Would it be plausible for the oncologist to look at the patient's recent symptoms, determine that some of them probably aren't the result of lung cancer, and then look for another explanation?
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses: cancers

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