Lung cancer diagnosis

Doctors use a wide range of diagnostic procedures and tests to diagnose lung cancer.

Initially, your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms; medical and surgical history; smoking and work history; and other questions about lifestyle, overall health, and any medications taken. This will be followed by an x-ray, MRI or CT scan.

If a person's chest x-ray film or scan suggests that a tumor is present, he or she will undergo a procedure for diagnosis. In some cases, a pathologist will take a tissue sample or biopsy to confirm whether asbestos lung cancer is present. Types of biopsies include:

  • Bronchoscopy - a thin, lighted tube is put into the mouth or nose and down through the windpipe to look into the breathing passages

  • Needle aspiration - a needle is inserted through the chest into the tumor to remove a sample of tissue

  • Thoracentesis - using a needle, the doctor removes a sample of the fluid that surrounds the lungs to check for cancer cells

  • Thoracotomy - surgery to open the chest

  • Mediastinoscopy - using a lighted viewing instrument or scope, the doctor examines the centre of the chest

Our personal injury solicitors
Dealing with lung cancer claims requires the skills and expertise of an experienced personal injury solicitor. This will ensure you receive the maximum compensation award and treatment without any further stress. Our solicitors are the leading experts in asbestos related disease claims:

  • Appreciate the impact of asbestos
    We realise the impact that contracting an asbestos related illness has, not just physically but emotionally and financially, and your claim will be dealt with in a professional and compassionate manner at all times
  • Asbestos legal knowledge
    An advanced understanding of the complexities and issues relating to asbestos regulations, employer responsibility and related issues
  • UK medical experts
    Access to the UK’s leading medical experts who will play a key role in providing expert medical opinion to support your claim
  • Treatment and support services
    We can make a dramatic difference by organising treatment for you through our links with the country’s best treatment and support services
  • Witness resources
    An established network to enable us to trace witnesses such as former work colleagues from as far back as 20 years +

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There’s no risk when it comes to making a claim with us, as our expert solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis. This means that in the event your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t face any legal fees. That’s what no win, no fee is all about. More information on our no win, no fee policy

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We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone wishing to discuss any issue relating to lung cancer. Call us on 0800 781 7789 or complete the claim assessment form opposite and we’ll get back to you.


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