Doctors could not find what was wrong with him. Then Google diagnosed him with cancer
How often have you been in the situation where you suspect yourself suffering from a particular disease while doctors insist on diagnosing you with another? Kevin Everett at 60 years old faced this very same situation when doctor’s continuously diagnosed him with bronchitis, asthma and sleep apnea when Kevin suspected he was suffering from something more sinister. Kevin had cancer, yet he only knew after a year of being diagnosed wrongly.
The amazing fact about Kevin’s situation was that Google diagnosed him with cancer. With the help of the search engine, Kevin Everett found he had what was called nasopharyngeal cancer.
1 Prescribed With Inhalers and Antibiotics for A Common Respiratory Problem
Kevin Everett, a 60-year-old father of five children lives in Hull, England. For some time now he had been suffering from hearing problems, sinus and wheezing. On his visit to Calvert practice, he was prescribed inhalers,but his condition deteriorated further. He was then diagnosed with bronchitis, despite of a chest X-ray showing his lungs to be fairly clear. From then on, it was various diseases that GPs thought Kevin to be suffering from. Some felt he had sleep apnea where he was put on a special machine to clear his air passage while asleep.
Kevin was prescribed antibiotics and steroids which had no effect. Instead, his condition worsened. It was then that he decided to research his own disease online. So he turned to Google.
2 A Deteriorating Condition Made Him Turn To Google
Kevin Everett turned to the NHS choices website through Google. Imagine his surprise when he found his conditions matched those of nasopharyngeal cancer. It was then that the 60-year-old engineer decided to seek expert medical advice from a specialized ENT hospital. He got a referral from his GP to the ENT department at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, East Yorkshire.
When a nasal endoscopy was performed on Kevin, his worst fears were confirmed. Kevin had a tumor growing inside his nasal cavity. A subsequent biopsy confirmed the tumor to be malignant. The unthinkable had happened, Instead of doctors, Google diagnosed him with cancer and it was lucky that he sought professional help in the nick of time.
3 No More Faith in General Practiconers
Kevin commenced chemotherapy in April, in which, each session required him to stay for five days in the hospital. From next month, he is set to undergo intensive sessions of radiotherapy which will take six weeks. For the period of radiotherapy, Kevin may require a feeding tube to be inserted in his stomach, which will also remain during the recovery period that would be approximately three months.
Had Kevin not gone in time to the ENT hospital, his condition could have spread to an incurable stage and that would have been an awful amount of suffering for Kevin. According to him “I have no faith in GPs anymore, I just wonder if they’d picked it up earlier, would I be going through all this now?
4 How Was It Possible That GPs Lacked the Ability to Diagnose a Serious Condition?
It was extremely surprising that trained GPs did not even have an inkling of Kevin’s condition. How was it possible that trained medical practitioners did not even have the insight to realize that a nasal problem such as his, shouldn’t have taken so long to cure? Why was it persisting and there was definitely something more to his condition which warranted appropriate tests.
Kevin Everett has made a formal complaint to the Care Quality Commission. However, a statement issued by city health care partnership who owns Calvert Practices said they do take all complaints seriously, but would not be able to comment on individual cases. They also mentioned that Mr.Everett’s case will be thoroughly investigated. It is surprising to find out how GPs failed;instead Google diagnosed him with cancer.