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Keith Rumley was left for weeks in a short-stay ward and died of cancer, while his family was told of his diagnosis only after his death

The family of a fisherman who had been dying of cancer for weeks in the hospital was told of his diagnosis only after his death.

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Keith Rumley, from Grimsby, visited his doctor for the first time in July 2018 with back pain and received painkillers on repeated visits.

He was eventually admitted to the hospital, where scans showed that he had metastatic adenocarcinoma.

But his family claims that they were kept in the dark while visiting his bed until his death certificate revealed the diagnosis.

Father of five, Mr. Rumley was in so much pain that in recent days he was unable to speak or even hold his wife's hand.

The hospital, Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, said an investigation showed that proper care was being given.

Keith Rumley was left for weeks in a short-stay ward and died of cancer, while his family was told of his diagnosis only after his death

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Keith Rumley was left for weeks in a short-stay ward and died of cancer, while his family was told of his diagnosis only after his death

Wife Susan Rumley could not hold her husband's hand in his last days because he was in so much pain. She says doctors denied he had cancer

Wife Susan Rumley could not hold her husband's hand in his last days because he was in so much pain. She says doctors denied he had cancer

Wife Susan Rumley could not hold her husband's hand in his last days because he was in so much pain. She says doctors denied he had cancer

Susan, Mr Rumley's wife, said: “He stayed there for four weeks in a bed, doctor after doctor.

& # 39; After a week he wasn't awake, didn't talk, didn't eat and had to be forced to drink.

& # 39; It came on stage that if I even touched his hand, he would say to me, "please let go of my hand". I would ask why, and he would say, "Because it hurts. Please don't touch me."

& # 39; I felt for him because his dignity was taken away. He was no longer there. & # 39;

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Rumley had first sought help for his back pain in July 2018, visited his doctor and received painkillers for that.

WHAT IS ADENOCARCINOMA?

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that affects the mucus-secreting glands throughout the body.

It can occur anywhere in the body, with prevalence varying depending on where it affects.

The disease is most common with:

  • Lung – adenocarcinoma is the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 80 percent of lung cancer
  • Prostate adenocarcinoma is responsible for 99 percent of all prostate cancer
  • Pancreas
  • Esophagus – adenocarcinoma is the most common type
  • Colorectal – adenocarcinoma accounts for 95 percent of colon and rectal cancers
  • Cervix adenocarcinoma is responsible in more than one in 10 cases

Adenocarcinoma affects approximately one in 100 people diagnosed with nasal cancer and nasal sinuses.

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The treatment varies depending on where the cancer grows in the body.

It may include surgery to remove the cancerous tissue.

Radiation and chemotherapy can also be used in combination with surgery.

Source: America's cancer treatment centers

His daughter Carly said: & # 39; He suffered from back pain. He thought he might have pulled his back or something and eventually went to the doctor.

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& # 39; He went from a normal guy who did normal things to the state that he couldn't even stand, stand up or go to the toilet. & # 39;

After numerous visits to the doctor and emergency care, he was admitted to the Emergency Care Center in Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby because of his deteriorating health and more reports of back pain.

He was then transferred to the Acute Medical Unit, a short-stay department.

Patients here are either transferred to another medical department or discharged home within 24 hours of admission, according to the North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust website.

Mr. Rumley's family says that he spent the next four weeks in the short stay department while they were unaware of what was wrong with him. The hospital did not comment whether Rumley had been left in a short-stay ward for four weeks.

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He was only moved from the ward after a month to go to St Andrew's Hospice, where he received care until the end of his life until his tragic death six days later on October 9.

Only when the family received the death certificate did they say they knew he had cancer.

Mrs. Rumley said: “Every time he came home from the hospital, he became weaker and weaker until one day a doctor admitted to discovering what was wrong with him.

& # 39; I was told he had lesions on the spine and it was cancer, but the doctors denied it the next day and said it was only & # 39; suspected & # 39; was. & # 39;

Carly added: & # 39; The doctors kept coming and going, one moment he had cancer, the other not. By the end, he was actually withering away. & # 39;

The hospital where Mr. Rumley was - Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital (photo) - said an investigation showed that proper care was being given

The hospital where Mr. Rumley was - Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital (photo) - said an investigation showed that proper care was being given

The hospital where Mr. Rumley was – Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital (photo) – said an investigation showed that proper care was being given

Julie Winterton, another daughter, said: & # 39; We immediately asked a doctor: & # 39; does he have cancer? & # 39 ;, And she wouldn't tell us clearly.

& # 39; We just wanted to know if he had it or not? & # 39;

CT, MRI and bone scans revealed that Mr Rumley had adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that forms in mucus-secreting gland cells in tissues that line internal organs.

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Mr. Rumley had metastatic adenocarcinoma, with the cancer spreading from its origins around the body.

But sometimes doctors can't tell where the cancer started, which makes the treatment challenging.

Adenocarcinomas are responsible for most cancers in the breast, lung, prostate, pancreas and colon with various symptoms.

After Mr. Rumley's death, the family filed a formal complaint with the Trust's Patient Advice and Liaison Service.

But an investigation concluded that proper care and treatment was provided at the Emergency Care Center on every occasion.

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Carly said: & # 39; Procedures must be changed how to treat people, how to treat family members. We do not want another family to sit down and experience what we have experienced, live in hell.

& # 39; My father didn't get that chance. He didn't get the chance to die with dignity. His grandchildren couldn't even hug him because he was in so much pain.

& # 39; The only respect my father received was when we brought him out of the hospital and brought him to St Andrew.

& # 39; Then the right care began, they did everything for my father, for my mother. & # 39;

Rumley is survived by his wife, daughters Carly, Julie and Victoria, sons Colin and Kevin and 13 grandchildren.

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He was originally from Mansfield and came to Grimsby to get involved with the fishing industry in the area. He met Mrs. Rumley and never left.

He spent the rest of his working life in the fishing industry and spent time with his family during retirement, as well as charity work for When You Wish on a Star.

His family founded the Keith Rumley Dachshund Foundation in his honor.

Joanna Loughborough, senior nurse with North Lincolnshire Patient Experience and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, said: & I would like to express my sincere condolences to this gentleman's family.

& # 39; Although we have investigated and responded to their concerns, we would like to invite them to contact our PALs department to discuss further concerns if they wish. & # 39;

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