N.L. health official sheds tears at cancer inquiry for those who got wrong results

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ST. JOHNS, N.L. A Newfoundland health official cried at a public inquiry Monday during testimony about patients who received botched breast-cancer test results

ST. JOHNS, N.L. A Newfoundland health official cried at a public inquiry Monday during testimony about patients who received botched breast-cancer test results

Dr. Nash Denic offered his sympathies to the patients, adding that pathologists are committed to ensuring the situation never happens again.

The inquiry is examining why almost 400 breast-cancer patients received inaccurate results from hormone receptor testing used to determine treatment options from 1997 to 2005.

Denic is the chief of laboratory medicine for the health board under scrutiny at the inquiry.

To our patients and families, I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the pain that this caused them, said Denic.

Denic later explained to reporters that he helped disclose information to the patients and he worries about them.

I still see some of their faces and it was heartbreaking seeing the people affected, he said.

Denic also told reporters he believes that years of financial cuts and understaffing in the lab were the biggest factors in the testing debacle.

He says the errors were the consequences.



Geographic location: Newfoundland

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