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Breast Cancer Scare - A Case Study

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Following the recent scandal involving the HSE misdiagnosing patients who have been tested for breast cancer in Portlaoise hospital, we hear one woman's story.

Margaret Murray from Tullamore, Co Offaly was one of 45 women who have been re-tested. She has fortunately been given the all clear. Out of the 45 women who have been called back, currently, there are 7 who have received the shocking news that they do in fact have cancer.

Margaret is here to tell of her ordeal while awaiting the further tests.


Seven women whose breast cancer cases were reviewed as part of the investigation into treatments at Portlaoise Hospital have been officially diagnosed with breast cancer. The Health Service Executive set up the review at the end of August following concerns raised by staff working in breast services.

It examined radiology breast diagnoses including 2,900 mammograms carried out at the hospital between November 2003 and August 2007. Forty five women were recalled for further examinations and to date, seven of the women who were recalled have now been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Margaret is here to spread some light on the whole situation and explain how she was called back for further tests and has since been given the all clear. She has a lot of empathy towards the other women involved in this scandal and wants to give others that are awaiting results some hope that their results might also be negative.

*NB* A Full report/review from the HSE will be released to the public at the end of November.

At the end of this week, a final figure of how many mammograms have been examined will be released to the public.

For people who have enquiries regarding misdiagnosis surrounding Portlaoise hospital there is a helpline open 8-5 Monday To Friday: 1800 252 041