A breast cancer misdiagnosis compensation claim has been submitted against the Health Service Executive (HSE) by a 59-year-old mother of two due to a misdiagnosis she claims was committed by the group’s BreastCheck service.
Mrs Siobhan Freeney has claimed that a mammogram she had during June 2015 did not detect her breast cancer. The test in question returned an official negative result in relation to breast cancer. However, six months later it was Ms Freeney was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast. Due to this she has now initiated a compensation claim stating that the first mammogram should have resulted in a diagnosis of cancer. If this had been the cased, she alleges, additional assessments would have been conducted and her treatment would have started more quickly.
Legal counsel for Mrs Freeny, Jeremy Maher SC told the court that the medical negligence compensation claim was taken due to the alleged delay in the diagnosis of Mrs Freeney’s breast cancer.
It was also alleged that Siobhan Freeney was not sent for additional assessment after the tests that were carried out at the mobile clinic in Gorey. They said that a triple assessment incorporating a clinical assessment mammogram and ultrasound would have been completed and identified the cancer if this the initial test had correctly returned a positive result.
The was an another claim submitted regard the claimed failure to advise, treat and care for her in a proper skillful, diligent and careful way along with a failure to provide reasonable care skill and judgment when reviewing the results of the mammogram that was conducted on June 17, 2015.
The HSE refutes all these claims and has countered that the cancer would have been much smaller and she would not have required radiotherapy and chemotherapy if the cancer has been discovered in the initial mammogram that was carried out.
The case continues.