Saturday, June 6, 2009

Breast Cancer: Anatomy Of A Scandal

Ronald Onerheim, chief pathologist at St Mary’s Hospital, is seen in front of a screen showing a magnified image of breast cancer on June 5, 2009. Photograph by: Phil Carpenter, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

It will be weeks before Lauren Wolfe finds out whether her tissue samples will need to be retested for breast cancer. It will be months more before hundreds of Quebec women will finally get an answer: did I get the right treatment?

The provincial health department has ordered 2,100 new tests after a tiny pathology study exploded on the Quebec scene last week, suggesting that 15 to 30 per cent of breast cancer tests were botched – throwing patients in a panic about the reliability of their tests and health status.

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