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Lung cancer misdiagnosis not discovered for 2 years

One of the most deadly forms of cancer is lung cancer and it can happen to anyone in Providence, whether they are a smoker, around smoke, or live in a smoke-free environment. The one bright consolation is that if it is detected early, there is a chance to successfully treat the disease.

However, for one single mother, the victim of a lung cancer misdiagnosis, there is no glimmer of hope that she can hang onto. A series of mistakes made by doctors over a period of two years resulted in a delayed diagnosis. In May 2012, a doctor informed her that she had Stage 4 lung cancer after she went to an emergency room experiencing shortness of breath and wheezing symptoms. For two years, other doctors had been prescribing her cough medicines, steroids, and inhalers for supposed asthma issues. The sad truth is that a chest X-ray taken in February 2010 showed that there was a problem.

The chest X-ray was taken when she went to the same emergency room for severe chest pain. A first-year resident and the presiding physician told her there was nothing to worry about after ordering a chest X-ray for her and apparently, never looked at it. If they had, they would have discovered that it showed her right lung had a 2-centimeter nodule.

Their failure to diagnose her correctly and the subsequent failure of her other doctors in never looking at the x-ray meant that she was not able to receive treatment that could have made the difference in her convalescence. As a result of the wide scope of the negligence she experienced, she was encouraged to meet with a medical malpractice attorney and file a lawsuit.

Source: New York Daily News, "Hospital's mistake leaves single Brooklyn mom with 6 months to live," Heidi Evans, Jan. 6, 2013

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