When it comes to lung cancer, a timely diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death—a fact British doctors are far too familiar with. In Britain it was found that over one-third of lung cancer patients died within three months of being diagnosed with the disease, and one in 20 lung cancer deaths weren’t even diagnosed until after the person had died. Could this British problem also be a problem in the US?
Can Doctors Save Lives With A Faster Diagnosis?
Here in Georgia, a group of doctors are trying their best to make sure lung cancer patients get a timely diagnosis. The WellStar Health System’s STAT Clinic—which specializes in lung and esophageal cancer—has turned the common procedure for diagnosing cancer upside-down in order to speed up the process.
The center brings together a team of oncologists, radiologists, lung specialists and surgeons to evaluate tests, come up with a clear diagnosis, and determine a treatment plan for patients. Their team process can often cut diagnosis wait times from a few months down to two weeks. This kind of fast track processing is giving patients a better chance at surviving their disease, but not everyone gets this kind of innovative treatment.
The personal injury attorneys here at the McArthur Law Firm have first-hand experience with what can happen when a cancer diagnosis is delayed. We represented a 45-year-old woman who was plagued by complications during her cancer treatment because her doctors had taken an entire year to diagnose her. So we know how important it is to get a fast diagnosis and to start treatment immediately. Luckily for Georgia, there is a group of doctors who understand this too, and they are making the effort to bring these speedy diagnoses to the people who need them the most.
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