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Common Lung Cancer Misdiagnoses

Posted on May 29, 2023

Early diagnosis is key to fighting cancer. Yet sometimes cancer diagnoses are missed because other medical conditions have similar symptoms. A recent article by Moffit Cancer Center detailed the 12 diseases most commonly and mistakenly diagnosed instead of lung cancer.

How does this happen?

Primarily, because each one of these conditions has similar symptoms to the early stages of lung cancer, which include shortness of breath and coughing up blood. The misdiagnoses include:

  1. Pneumonia
  2. Asthma
  3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  4. Acid reflux
  5. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  6. Encysted lung effusion
  7. Lung abscesses
  8. Lung nodules
  9. Lymphoma
  10. Thoracic Hodgkin’s disease
  11. Pulmonary embolism
  12. Tuberculosis

Time is of the essence in a cancer diagnosis. When misdiagnosis happens, patients may not receive the right treatment until advanced stages of the disease, which can impact their survival rate.

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If you have been harmed by misdiagnosis or other type of medical malpractice in a Philadelphia ER or hospital, please contact us today to discuss your legal options.