Nov 06, 2012 - 4:08 pm
My wife just recently passed away from NSCLC. Prior to the discovery of the lung tumor, she had a history of asthma and bronchitis. So 2 years ago, the annual pollen season hit pretty hard, including me with no history of seasonal allergies. My wife began coughing significantly so the doctor began treating for asthma and bronchitis issues. Her condition and coughing was so persistant and she would go back for more checkups. Same diagnosis. But when she did not stop coughing for a month, I took her to the ER and there they discoverd a lung tumor and a blood clot on her heart. They could not treat the tumor until they got he heart condition under control, in effect losing valuable time.
Has anyone out there experienced this same problem wih misdiagnosis? It is quite clear to me that the doctor was only treating the problem based upon the history of the patient. He failed to undertake a few extra steps or tests that could have led to earlier detection of his patient's newly developed cancer situation. By allowing his patient to continue nonstop coughing for a month, it led to an effect on the heart.
Anybody out there with any info to share shall be greatly appreciated. Thank you. JLN