Making a lung cancer negligence claim

A brief overview of lung cancer negligence. For further guidance on making a compensation claim, call us on freephone 0333 888 0412 or email brief details of your case to us in complete confidence at [email protected]

Lung cancer and the NHS England Program

Lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer, with nearly 35,000 people dying each year and more than 43,000 people being diagnosed. It accounts for almost a fifth of all cancer deaths in men and women, and usually affects people over the age of 40. There are two main types of lung cancer, which are non-small-cell and small-cell. Non-small-cell lung cancer is the most common type and accounts for 80 in 100 cases, whilst small-cell lung cancer is rarer and usually spreads faster.


Unfortunately, there are not usually any signs or symptoms of lung cancer during the early stages, however symptoms that do appear include;

  • A persistent cough
  • Persistent breathlessness
  • Unexplained tiredness and weight loss
  • Coughing up blood
  • An ache or pain when coughing or breathing.


Treatment will depend on the type of lung cancer diagnosed and how far it has spread. Treatment would include;

  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Medications

NHS England lung cancer checks

In September 2023, NHS England put together a program and invited more than one million people for lung cancer checks. This program was bought in due to a record 335,000 people having begun treatment for cancer from July 2022 – June 2023, which is up by over 20,000 from before the pandemic.

It is also extremely important to get an early diagnosis, as symptoms usually only begin to show once the cancer has started to spread. Approximately 2,400 cancers have been caught, with three quarters of them being caught in the early stages.

The aim of the program is to improve early lung cancer diagnosis, to be able to provide relevant treatment and save more lives.

Lung cancer medical negligence claims

Although there are more tests being done to detect lung cancer early, late diagnosis and misdiagnoses are still happening. As medical negligence lawyers specialising in cancer negligence claims, we often deal with cases where people have been let down by the healthcare system, resulting in their health being adversely affected.

We operate a free medical accident helpline which you can phone or email if you have suffered as a result of lung cancer negligence. Call us on freephone 0333 888 0412  or email brief details of your case to us in complete confidence at [email protected]


Lung cancer negligence