My husband went to his regular GP for over a year complaining of a persistant sore throat. He was given antibiotics and told he had a sinus infection that came and went. This was plausible to my husband.
His voice began to get raspy and it became hard to swallow. He went back to his GP and was told he had STREP. There was no test given. I took him to a larger city, in 5 minutes the ENT told us he was 100% sure he had cancer.
In the span of 24 hours we learned he was Stage IV laryngeal Cancer and had he come in earlier, there would have been an excellent chance of a better outcome. He lived almost 4 years from diagnosis. He suffered horribly through the treatments and surgeries.
My husband died July 27, 2007. One year ago yesterday.He died of a carotid artery rupture after the last surgery to debulk the tumor. No one told us that was even a possiblity. I feel as if he was murdered.
I'm not angry anymore. I just think people should know to look a little further for a second opinion, even if the dr is someone they normally trust.