Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, with NHS Choices saying 44,500 people are diagnosed each year.

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Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis

Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, with NHS Choices saying 44,500 people are diagnosed each year.

There are two main types of lung cancer, Small cell lung cancer and Non-small cell lung cancer.

Small cell lung cancer

So called because under a microscope cancer cells are very small. It is also sometimes referred to as oat cell cancer. Small cell lung cancer accounts for around 12% of all lung cancers. Smoking is thought to be a major cause of small cell lung cancer.

Non-small cell lung cancer

Is split into subcategories such as:


The most common form of non-small cell lung cancers and are made from mucus making cells in the lining of our airways.

Squamous cell cancer

A cancer which is reducing in frequency and is caused mainly by smoking. This cancer develops from the surface covering the airways and is usually found near the middle of the lung.

Large cell carcinoma

An aggressive form of lung cancer which looks quite rounded and large under a microscope in comparison to small cell lung cancer.


Whilst this cancer is linked to the lungs as that is often where it starts, it can also start in the abdomen. The one starting in the lung is usually called pleural mesothelioma whilst the one starting in the abdomen is called peritoneal mesothelioma.

The early stage of lung cancer often has no symptoms however the following symptoms develop over time:

  • A persistent cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent breathlessness
  • Always tired
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Aches and pains when you breath or cough

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see your doctor as soon as possible.


Like all cancers, lung cancer needs to be diagnosed early to give you the best opportunities when it comes to treatment.

You may have suffered from misdiagnosis if the medical professional failed to:

  • Recognise and investigate symptoms properly
  • Refer you for MRI and CT scans
  • Send you for the correct tests
  • Give you the correct treatment

Is cancer often misdiagnosed?

The NHSLA, the body that looks after all claims made against the NHS, say their figures show that in 2014/15 cancer was the second most misdiagnosed condition they received claims for.

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