Lung Cancer

Maryland Lung Cancer Lawyer: Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis: Understanding the Signs and Risks

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, claiming millions of lives annually. Consequently, delayed diagnosis of lung cancer results in many medical malpractice cases. If you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis of lung cancer, then it is critical for you to speak directly with a Maryland lung cancer lawyer.

Early detection and accurate diagnosis are crucial for improved outcomes. As a result, The Kopec Law Firm provides you with this webpage to equip you with knowledge about lung cancer’s symptoms, diagnosis methods, and different types.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer:

Despite lung cancer symptoms often developing gradually, doctors may continue to mistake the symptoms for other respiratory conditions. Early symptoms of lung cancer can include:

  • Persistent cough: A cough that lasts for weeks or worsens over time, then sometimes producing blood-tinged mucus.
  • Shortness of breath: Experiencing difficulty catching your breath, even with minimal exertion.
  • Chest pain: A dull ache or sharp pain in the chest, which consequently may worsen with deep breathing or coughing.
  • Unexplained weight loss: Specifically, losing weight unintentionally without trying.
  • Hoarseness: Changes in your voice, such as persistent hoarseness.
  • Frequent respiratory infections: Repeated bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • Fatigue: Feeling unusually tired and lacking energy.

The above symptoms can persist or worsen. It is especially important for doctors to make an early diagnosis. A delayed diagnosis can allow the cancer to spread.

Diagnosing Lung Cancer:

Early diagnosis of lung cancer significantly improves treatment outcomes. Various tests and procedures can aid in diagnosis, including:

  • Chest X-ray: An initial imaging test to check for abnormalities in the lungs.
  • CT scan: A more detailed picture of the lungs and surrounding tissues.
  • PET scan: This scan can help assess whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Biopsy: Taking a tissue sample for examination under a microscope to confirm the presence and type of cancer cells.

Types of Lung Cancer:

There are two main types of lung cancer:

1. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): This is the most common type, accounting for around 85% of cases. NSCLC is further classified into various subtypes based on the appearance of cancer cells under a microscope:

  • Adenocarcinoma: This type typically originates in the glandular cells of the lungs.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: This type starts in the flat cells lining the airways.
  • Large cell carcinoma: This is a less common type with larger cancer cells.

2. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC): This type is less common but tends to be more aggressive and spread rapidly. SCLC is not further classified into subtypes.

Stages of Lung Cancer:

The stage of lung cancer refers to the extent to which the cancer has spread. Staging helps determine the best course of treatment and estimate prognosis.

The TNM staging system is commonly used, considering:

  • T: Size and location of the tumor(s).
  • N: Involvement of lymph nodes.
  • M: Presence of distant metastasis (spread to other organs).

Each stage has a Roman numeral assigned, typically ranging from I (least advanced) to IV (most advanced).

Call the Maryland Lung Cancer Lawyer

If you or someone you know experiences is concerned about a misdiagnosis of lung cancer, it is essential to consult with a Maryland lung cancer lawyer as soon as possible. When you contact the Kopec Law Firm, you will speak directly with attorney Mark Kopec, not an assistant. He is a top-rated Maryland medical malpractice lawyer with over 30 years professional experience. Contact us for your free consultation at 800-604-0704.

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