Lung cancer treatment and compensation advice

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the UK after breast cancer, and each year 37,000 people are diagnosed with having the disease.

This form of cancer has strong links with heavy asbestos exposure and smoking. As is the case of many cancers, the treatment of lung cancer is determined by a number of factors. The three most important are:

  • Histopathology (diseased tissue)
  • Type of tumour
  • The stage of development

Other factors that are considered in deciding treatment include the person’s state of health, other medical problems, and tumour features.

These are the main types of treatment for lung cancer:

Surgical resection (cutting away the tumour)

  • Thoracotomy – opening the chest wall
  • Median sternotomy – cutting through the breastbone

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

  • This is used for people with inoperable lung cancer. This therapy begins with the injection of a light-activated drug (e.g. lumen). The lung tumour is then illuminated by a laser fibre that transmits light of a specific wavelength. The laser light is used to destroy the tumour tissue.


  • This is a treatment useful for obstructive lung tumours using a needle, bulb, or disk electrode that concentrates high-energy electromagnetic radiation to destroy tumour tissue.


  • Also known as radiation therapy, this treatment uses high-energy, ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells. This technique may be applied to shrink a tumour, to relieve symptoms, or to destroy the tumour cells.


  • This is the standard treatment for patients with small cell lung cancer and involves taking drugs to kill the cancer cells. Small cell lung cancer does respond well to this form of treatment, although there are a number of side effects.

Lung cancer prognosis
By and large, less that 10% of people with primary lung cancer live beyond five years after diagnosis. However, this life expectancy rate can rise to as much as 35 – 40% among patients who undergo surgical resection for cancer that has not spread to other parts of the body.

By contrast, those who leave lung cancer untreated have a life expectancy of around 3 – 4 months.

Our personal injury solicitors
Lung cancer claims require the skills and knowledge of an experienced solicitor who appreciates the issues surrounding this subject:

  • Empathy
    Contracting lung cancer is difficult to deal with and it can be hard to come to terms with the implications. We understand this and you can be sure that your claim will be dealt with professionally and with compassion.
  • Treatment
    We will arrange treatment for you through our links with the country’s best medical centres
  • Legal issues
    We have a comprehensive understanding of asbestos law such as employer responsibility and EU regulations
  • Medical experts
    Our panel of medical experts based throughout the UK will play a key role in providing expert medical opinion to support your claim for lung cancer compensation
  • Witnesses
    We are able to trace witnesses even as long ago as 20 years +

Our service is risk-free
We offer a no win, no fee service, which means just what it says – if your claim isn’t successful you won’t have to pay us a penny. It means making a compensation claim is completely free of financial risk, leaving you with nothing to lose and everything to gain. More about our no win, no fee policy…

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