University professor, 37, dies from lung cancer after doctors dismissed her symptoms as "anxiety and depression"

University professor, 37, dies from lung cancer after doctors dismissed her symptoms as 'anxiety and depression' Lisa Smirl, 37, saw three doctors with a range of symptoms over a yearHad been suffering from shortness of breath, weight loss and arm pain Despite this, doctors dismissed her symptoms as psychological , but took early retirement. Despite battling the disease, she maintained an honorary lectureship in the department until her death on February 21. She also completed a Great North Run to raise funds for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in November 2012