Minnesota Lung Cancer Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis Lawyers

Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in the US and in the world as a whole – in both men and women, it is also one of the most lethal forms of cancer. It is especially common in smokers and former smokers, particularly after exposure to other chemicals such as radon or asbestos, or in workers in certain industries.


Lung cancer symptoms

Its typical symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, a persistent cough that may be bloody, weight loss, and exhaustion or fatigue. Doctors usually diagnose lung cancer first through x-raying a patient’s chest and then following up with other diagnostic tests to confirm the presence of a tumor.


Time is of the essence in treating lung cancer

Lung cancer is dramatically easier to treat if it’s diagnosed early, while the cancer is localized (still in one place, without spreading to nearby lymph nodes or metastasizing to distant regions of the body). 54% of patients diagnosed when the cancer is still localized survive for five years after the diagnosis. If the disease has progressed to the lymph nodes before diagnosis, only 27% of patients survive for five years.  And if the disease is only diagnosed after metastasis, the 5-year survival rate is only 4%.


Common reasons why a doctor may misdiagnose lung cancer

If a diagnosing doctor fails to take a chest x-ray of a lung cancer patient, misinterprets the x-ray, misses or misidentifies the tumor, or fails to do more tests (such as a CT scan or an MRI) to resolve ambiguities in the x-ray, the patient’s cancer will get worse and become harder or impossible to treat.  Eventually, it will be very hard to miss the diagnosis – but that clarity comes at a high cost to the patient’s health.


As western medicine has evolved, doctors have increasingly specialized their focus of practices.  As a result, treating physicians often delegate many tasks and rely on other doctors to perform and interpret tests to assist them in the diagnosis and treatment of their patient.  Often, when a patient is having difficulty with their lungs, the attending physician is relying on a radiologist to correctly interpret the patient’s CT scan and detect masses in the lungs and whether any detected masses in the lung are likely benign or whether a tissue of the mass should be submitted for further testing to rule out lung cancer.  If the radiologist is negligent in his or her analysis or detection of a lung mass, a patient can bring a medical malpractice claim for the negligence.


Minnesota cancer misdiagnosis lawyers representing victims of medical malpractice

If you or a loved one have suffered from lung cancer, contact a Minnesota medical malpractice attorney to learn about your rights.  To assist in the lawyer’s analysis, be sure to bring your medical history and any documentation or notes about your symptoms.  If you have questions about lung cancer and medical malpractice claims, contact us today to schedule a free consultation at (612) 444-3374.

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