Lung cancer is a relatively common cancer in Ireland and over 2,700 people are diagnosed each year with the disease. It affects both genders and usually the disease presents in people over the age of 50. Typical symptoms of the disease can include coughing up blood, and where the disease has spread or metastasised, there may be weight loss and jaundice. Usually the GP will refer the person to a respiratory consultant, who in turn will carry out a range of investigations to diagnose lung cancer, and these can include chest x-ray, breathing tests, CT scan, blood tests and bronchoscopy, which is an insertion of a long tube with a camera to view the tissues inside the lung, and a biopsy may also be taken.
Treatment of lung cancer will depend on whether the person has non-small cell lung cancer or small cell lung cancer. Treatments vary and can include drug treatments, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, radiotherapy and surgery. For a successful medical negligence claim it would be required to prove on the balance of probabilities (more likely than not) that the delay in diagnosing the lung cancer caused the disease to progress and spread where it otherwise may not have. Typical cases we have seen involve inadequate examination of the person either at presentation to the GP or at referral with a respiratory consultant, and also failure by the consultant to refer for further investigations, or indeed make mistakes interpreting the investigations. We have also seen error in the classification of lung cancer as either small cell or non-small cell lung cancer.
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If you or a loved one have suffered harm because of negligent delay or misdiagnosis of lung cancer, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first. We are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.
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