Thursday, October 19, 2006

41 Canadians join class-action bid on faulty breast-cancer tests

Forty-one women have so far come forward to ask the Newfoundland Supreme Court to certify a class-action lawsuit arising from errors made in testing tissue samples. The women are all breast cancer patients whose tissue samples had to be retested because of errors that were first disclosed in 2005. Some of the samples date as far back as 1997. The Eastern Health regional authority, which recently finished contacting women involved in the case, sent hundreds of samples to Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for retesting. Ches Crosbie, the St. John's lawyer who filed court papers this summer, said little information has been revealed about how many women received erroneous results from hormone receptor tests, which indicate what type of treatment is appropriate. "They haven't been given any information since a year ago about the rate of reversal, or error rate, if you want to call it that," Crosbie told CBC News. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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