A woman was misdiagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at a private hospital in Noida.

Noida:  In a surprising episode of first-for-all in the medical world, a hit by cricket ball has revealed lung cancer in a 60-year-old woman. A woman was misdiagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at a private hospital in Noida.

The incident took place last year in October when 60-year-old Devendari Sharma was hit by a cricket ball in the chest that caused her debilitating and continuous pain in chest. Considering it minor swelling in chest at that time, she decided to consult a private hospital in Noida. After undergoing several tests at the hospital, she was told of suffering with stage 4 lung cancer and was advised for immediate chemotherapy.

As it was a sudden shocking surprise for her, she decided to take second opinion at Max Hospital Patparganj. After undergoing several tests at Max Hospital, she was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer. She  was successfully treated with basic surgical intervention at Max Hospital.

Dr. Shubham Garg, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology Max Super Speciality Hospital, says, ‘Wanting for a confirmation of her condition, she decided to take a second opinion and visited us. Detailed investigations revealed a lung cancer in its initial stages. As her condition was not so serious, that may require chemotherapy, our team advised for a surgical intervention. After the successful surgery, the patient did not require any chemotherapy or radiotherapy sessions, and was prescribed medication only for SOS. This case is an example of how timely diagnosis from the right place and right surgeon helps in treating the condition and avoid lifelong medications. Her quality of life has improved and the patient is living a healthy life.”

The World Health Organisation says that lung cancer is mostly diagnosed in the advanced stages and it has been the leading cause of cancer-related mortality with 2.09 million deaths in 2018. Out of all the women suffering from lung cancer, 80% of them are non-smokers. Primarily, the symptoms are usually not distinguishable in the early stages and people often self-diagnose them as seasonal problems.