Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells form a mass of tissue, called a malignant tumor or nodule, in the lungs.
There are various risk factors for the development of lung cancer. Exposure to tobacco smoke from cigarettes, pipes, cigars or second hand smoke are the most common examples. Exposure to asbestos or other harmful substances including tar, nickel or arsenic can also cause lung cancer. Having a family history of lung cancer is also a risk factor; additionally age is another risk factor, as most people who are diagnosed with lung cancer are over the age of 65.
Some symptoms of lung cancer include a cough, shortness of breath, coughing up blood (hemoptysis), chest pain, a hoarse voice, weight loss, fatigue, or frequent lung infections.
Methods of detecting lung cancer include low-dose radiation CT scan screening, diagnostic CT scans, chest x-rays and bronchial mucus tests. In addition, a bronchoscopy and/or biopsy of lung tissue may be performed to collect samples of cells for pathology examination to determine if there are any abnormal cells present.
Once doctors determine what type of lung cancer you have, as well as the Stage of the disease, there are various surgical options, along with the possibility of radiation & chemotherapy or a combination of both.
Once symptoms of lung cancer present, or if a patient has significant risk for developing lung cancer, timely diagnostic and screening tests and subsequent treatment are critical to help improve a patient's prognosis.
Doctors or other health care professionals who fail to take proper history and perform proper clinical evaluations, fail to order the proper tests, ignore test results, or fail to recognize the symptoms of lung cancer, can be held liable for the physical, mental, emotional and financial harm caused by their negligence. Similarly, radiologists may also be potentially responsible to a patient for failing to diagnose and abnormality which may be a cancer on either a CT Scan, MRI or x-ray.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a late stage lung cancer, contact the attorneys at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400. Our medical staff and New Jersey cancer misdiagnosis attorneys can review your medical records and imaging studies to determine if you may have a meritorious claim.
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