Pam and I learned something new today. A Sister Mary Joseph node or nodule.
We had our 6 month dental check. While there, one of the dental hygienists (Monica) told us that her mother-in-law was just diagnosed today with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It went diagnosed since last April. She went to her family Dr. for a ‘mild’ infection around her belly button. He said it was just a staph infection and not to worry. She said her mother-in-law always alluded to her not having good hygiene. Allegedly, he never examined her on the table for it from the very beginning. Evidently he simply looked at it while she was sitting in the chair. During her most recent visit, an accompanying family member insisted that he properly examine her and to do an entire physical exam on her. Monica said that he felt something and sent her for an abdominal ultrasound which ultimately led to having a biopsy.
As a non-surgeon, I have never encountered or read anything about this kind of nodule and I imagine that this patient’s physician hadn’t either. But what isn’t acceptable to me is his/her failure to actually examine her during a physical exam. Perhaps she could have been spared the inevitable despicable agony and pain which she will probably have to endure.
Imagine feeling like you don’t keep yourself clean every time you leave your Dr. only to find out later that you have advanced cancer!