If you are at all worried that you may have lung cancer – or any other form of respiratory disease - you should make an appointment with your doctor without delay. It is always easier to treat cancer if it is caught early.
Diagnosed with lung cancer - what options do I have?
There are a number of different treatment options for lung cancer. Deciding which one is right for you will depend on:
- The type of lung cancer you have (small cell lung cancer or non small cell lung cancer)
- Whether it has spread
- How big it is
- Where it is positioned
- Your general health
The main treatment options are:
- Surgery – this is usually offered if the cancer is a non small cell type, and has not spread beyond one lung. It is sometimes followed up with a course of chemotherapy. There are three main types of surgery:
- Segmentectomy – where only a small segment of the affected lobe is removed.
- Lobectomy – where one lobe of the lung is removed
- Pneumonectomy – where a whole lung is removed
- Radiotherapy – this involves targeting pulses of radiation at the affected area. It is more likely to be offered if the cancer is still limited in spread and there are reasons not to offer surgery (for example, problems with your general health). Again, it may be combined with chemotherapy, to kill off any remaining abnormal cells.
- Chemotherapy – this is generally offered as a treatment for small-cell lung cancer, or for cancers that have spread too far for radiotherapy or surgery.
Worried about making a claim? Talk it through with Thompsons
Being diagnosed with cancer is undoubtedly a very difficult time for the sufferer as well as their loved ones. The uncertainty of the future can be frightening, but thanks to leaps forward in cancer research and the effectiveness of treatments, there is more hope than ever for victims of the disease.
Furthermore, if your lung cancer was caused by being subjected to hazardous work conditions in the past, then you should not have to undergo the treatment and recovery process without receiving extra financial support in the form of a compensation claim.
Thompsons Solicitors have helped many lung cancer patients make a successful claim against a former employer guilty of negligence. They will approach each case with care and sensitivity as they do everything in their power to reach a just outcome.
For straightforward, honest advice from an experienced lawyer who will make every effort to put you, and your family's best interests, above everything else, give Thompsons Solicitors a call on 0800 0891331, and let's talk your claim through.