Practice of Medicine

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System Fails Patient…Delay in Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

September 3, 2014

The Case

A middle-aged patient presented to his primary care physician (PCP) with complaints of decreased appetite, weight loss, and an increase in arthritis pain. The PCP assessed the patient for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ordered a chest x-ray. The radiologist noted a suspicious mass in the left lung. Radiology sent the report to the PCP’s office, recommending follow-up …

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