Here is my story. I hope someone can help and answer some of the questions that I post here.
After experiencing what I thought was a bad cold for over 4 weeks, I had a chest x-ray. This showed an "area of concern", and I had a CT scan of the chest 2 days later. I was then told I should see a pulmonologist, but the same day the Dr. office called again and told me to see a Thoracic surgeon (there is only one in this small city). The phone nurse told me that I would be having a broncoscopsy. I looked this up and understood it to be a method to get a bioposy of what what in my lung.
I went to the Thoracic Dr a few days later. He informed me that I had a golf-ball-sized tumor and that it needed to come out. He said there was a 50% chance of malignancy. The broncoscopy wasn't necessry, because malignant or not, this tumor should come out and it should be soon. He said that, when he opened me up, he would examine a piece of the tumor by putting it under the microscope. He would cut out the tumor if it was NOT malignant, and would do a complete lobectomy if it was malignant. After surgery he said that he had to take the whole lobe because the tumor was up higher than he first thought....near where the 2 lobes meet. He did not examine it under a microscope. He said he was 95% sure it was primary lung cancer.
Several days later he came in and said that the pathology came back "Cryptococcus Neoformans", which is a fungus. 2 weeks after the surgery he told me that the diagnosis was now Blastomycosis, which is a fungal infection different that Crypto. I obtained the pathology report, which was dated 3 days after the surgery, and it said Blastomycosis. So, I had been given the incorrect anti fungal for 2 weeks. I do not know where the Dr. got the incorrece Crypto diagnosis because it is NOT in the pathology report.
My main concern is this: did I lose the lobe of my lung unnecessarily? They could have, and should have, done a test or several tests, to determine if this was indeed cancer. Blastomycosis is treated with medication. Does anyone know of any other such cases? I am feeling that I should have a medical malpractice suit. Now I have to undergo the Blastomycosis treatment anyway (6 months of drug therapy), and I have lost one lobe of my lung.
Do I have a case here?