A Georgia woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that on December 16, 2013 she had a chest x-ray taken as part of her clearance for surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm and that the radiologist who read the chest x-ray identified a 7 mm nodule on her left lung for which he recommended further evaluation including a chest CT scan. A nurse telephoned the woman’s physician to advise about the concern regarding the lung nodule finding. The woman’s Georgia medical malpractice lawsuit also alleges that a second physician reviewed her chest x-ray two days later.
Despite the radiologist and the second physician noting the nodule on the x-ray of the plaintiff’s left lung, the woman claims that neither doctor advised her regarding the chest x-ray findings or ordered the recommended CT scan. She also claims that her primary care physician failed to advise her of the findings or to recommend a CT scan.
In May 2015, the woman received the devastating news that she had Stage IV lung cancer that had metastasized to her liver, spleen, and into her bones. She underwent experimental cancer treatment that has extended her life but the treatment is not presently working. She has been offered palliative care for her terminal cancer.
The Georgia delayed diagnosis of cancer medical malpractice lawsuit names the woman’s primary care physician, the second doctor who reviewed the chest x-rays, the hospital where the x-rays were taken, and others as defendants.
Lung Cancer Statistics
According to the American Cancer Association, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, and it is the leading cause of cancer deaths among both men and women – approximately one out of four cancer deaths are from lung cancer. More people die from lung cancer each year in the United States than from colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer combined.
The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 222,500 new cases of lung cancer, and about 155,870 deaths from lung cancer, in 2017. More men (116,990) than women (105,510) will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and more men (84,590) than women (71,280) will die from lung cancer in 2017.
Lung cancer is more prevalent in older people: approximately two out of three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 and older, with the average age at time of diagnosis being around 70. Less than two percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer are under 45 years old.
The lifetime chance that a man (smokers and non-smokers) will develop lung cancer is approximately one in fourteen. The lifetime chance that a woman (smokers and non-smokers) will develop lung cancer is approximately one in seventeen. The lifetime chance of developing lung cancer is much higher for smokers than for non-smokers. The lung cancer rate for men has been dropping over the last few decades, and the lung cancer rate for women has been dropping over the last decade.
The survival rate for those diagnosed with lung cancer is dependent upon the stage at which it is diagnosed and treated. More than 430,000 people who are alive today in the United States have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point in their lives.
If you were harmed as a result of the delayed diagnosis of cancer in Georgia or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a Georgia medical malpractice attorney, or a medical malpractice attorney in your state, who may investigate your delayed cancer diagnosis claim for you and represent you in a cancer malpractice case, if appropriate.
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