Woman set­tles case over breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis

Irish Independent - - News | Health - Tim Healy

A WOMAN with breast can­cer who sued over the care she re­ceived at two hospi­tals has set­tled her High Court ac­tion.

Joan O’Sul­li­van (50), who has a mu­ta­tion gene which means she is at higher risk of can­cer, claimed she has suf­fered an al­leged de­lay in the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of her can­cer.

She sued St James’s Hos­pi­tal, claim­ing she suf­fered an al­leged per­fo­ra­tion to her bowel dur­ing an op­er­a­tion in 2013 which was part of a can­cer pre­ven­ta­tive plan. As a re­sult, she claimed, plans for a pre­ven­ta­tive full mas­tec­tomy were de­railed.

She also sued the HSE over her care at Cork Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal (CUH), where she claims an 8mm tu­mour in her right breast was not di­ag­nosed when she had a scan in 2016 and when the tu­mour was di­ag­nosed 522 days later it was 3cm in size.

The set­tle­ment of the case, de­tails of which are con­fi­den­tial, came on the sec­ond day of the hear­ing.

The court had heard that since the di­ag­no­sis she has since had 20 weeks of chemo­ther­apy and has had a right sided mas­tec­tomy.

Ms O’Sul­li­van, of McDon­agh Court, Cashel, Co Tip­per­ary, in her claim against St James’s in re­la­tion to the 2013 pro­ce­dure, claimed there was an al­leged fail­ure to ex­er­cise rea­son­able care and her bowel was al­legedly per­fo­rated.

She also sued the HSE, claim­ing there was an al­leged fail­ure to iden­tify a sig­nif­i­cant ab­nor­mal­ity in an MRI scan car­ried out in CUH in April 2016 and there was an al­legedly de­layed di­ag­no­sis of triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer in her right breast. St James’s and the HSE de­nied claims. The court was told, how­ever, the HSE this week, by let­ter, ad­mit­ted a breach of duty in re­la­tion to some of the care at CUH.

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