Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers, and its prevalence deserves
an overview in observance of
Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
Besides prevention, early detection is best way to identify effective
treatment. The sooner you learn you have cancer and begin treatment, the
higher your chance of recovery. Lung cancer screening can detect the disease
before symptoms start. If a doctor fails to recommend screening or fails
to correctly interpret testing which is performed, your chances of survival
could greatly diminish. Sometimes lung cancer is misdiagnosed as pneumonia
or other benign lung infections.
Late or Misdiagnosis
Unfortunately, lung cancer is often diagnosed too late or incorrectly.
Both late diagnosis and
misdiagnosis keep you from getting the treatment you need when you need it. Ways to
diagnose lung cancer include bronchoscopy, biopsy, CT scan, PET scan,
MRI, and bone scan. With the many options available, diagnoses should
come in a timely manner.
There are numerous forms of treatment for lung cancer, including surgery,
radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Most patients
receive a combination of treatments, which requires a team of several
doctors to coordinate plans and communicate effectively. If doctors fail
to coordinate treatments, you may not receive the proper care for your
If you or someone you know is concerned they experienced a medical error
relating to lung cancer diagnosis or treatment, or other health care errors, contact
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC online or call us at (516) 726-1544. We will be happy to schedule a one-on-one
consult in Long Island, New York.