Q: An abnormality was found that suggests I may have lung cancer. What happens now?
A:Once an abnormality has been discovered by any of the detection methods available today, such as physical exams, chest x-rays, or CT scans, further testing and diagnosis are typically the next steps. The abnormality, whether a suspicious lump or fluid in the chest and lungs, needs further testing by a pathologist to see if any cancerous cells are present. Typically, your doctor will recommend further testing to ensure the earliest detection possible if lung cancer is developing.
However, there are times when doctors may misdiagnose lung cancer symptoms as being caused by some other benign condition of the body. It is entirely possible that a doctor may notice a small abnormality and then fail to order the appropriate diagnostic tests. If you notice any symptoms which may indicate lung cancer, bring them to your doctor’s attention immediately. If an abnormality is detected, be sure to discuss the available diagnostic tests with your doctor to find the appropriate method for officially diagnosing the cancer, if it is actually present.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer in Georgia and feel it was detected late by your doctor, please request one of the Dover Law Firm’s several free resources on cancer, including our in-depth report on lung cancer, or our free book, I Have Cancer…Should It Have Been Caught Earlier?. Also, be sure to contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney at the Dover Law Firm at 770-518-1133 or go to our website and fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-charge consultation to discuss your legal options.