A Toronto-area widow was shocked to receive a letter from Trillium Health Services this week informing her late husband that there may have been a problem with the interpretation of his CT scan. Grace lost her husband to stomach cancer in February, after he was deemed cancer-free.
Cancer patients are coming forward with stories of misdiagnoses after two hospitals in Toronto and Mississauga announced a review of nearly 3,500 CT scans and mammograms performed by a radiologist with “performance issues.”
A hospital in the Ottawa area is trying to make mammograms more comfortable by bringing in a spa-like theme, in the hopes that it will encourage more women to get regular breast cancer screening tests.
While recently published studies on the effectiveness of mammograms may lead to confusion among patients, individual consultations with a physician can help them make informed choices about their screening options.
Mammograms are having only a small impact on breast cancer death rates and have led to more than one million women being “overdiagnosed” with the disease over the past 30 years, according to a sweeping new U.S. study.