What Every Patient Needs to Know About Lung Cancer Misdiagnoses

There is no question that the failure to diagnose lung cancer is a serious and potentially fatal mistake, but so too is diagnosing lung cancer that doesn’t exist.

Misdiagnosing an infection or other condition as lung cancer has similar serious and potentially fatal consequences because the patient does not get the treatment needed to fight the true medical condition. 

Further, the patient can be harmed by receiving treatment for lung cancer that doesn’t exist.  For example, the patient may receive chemotherapy or radiation that can have significant long term effects on the patient without providing relief from the medical problem that remains misdiagnosed.

Protecting Yourself From a Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis                                           

There are a couple of ways that you can protect yourself against lung cancer misdiagnoses.  First, make sure that your doctor is up to date on the latest screening tests.  Just last week new guidance was released about the use of CT scans to diagnosis lung cancer early and accurately.  Second, make sure to seek a second opinion to make sure that your diagnosis is accurate.

Finally, if you, or a loved one, have suffered from a lung cancer misdiagnosis then you should consult with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer.  A medical malpractice attorney cannot undo the harm that has been to do, but may be able to help you and your family recover the financial damages that you need as a result of the wrong diagnosis.