Double-mastectomy patient questions health system
An Esterhazy woman is raising questions about Saskatchewan's health care system, wondering if her breast cancer could have been detected sooner.
Kelly Hrycay, 34, had both of her breasts removed five weeks ago.
"I'm just praying that it hasn't spread anymore," Hrycay, a mother of four, told CBC News.
Hrycay says she was suspicious about her health for some time and in January of 2009 had a mammogram done. A Yorkton radiologist, Dr. Darius Tsatsi, examined her test and concluded there was nothing to follow up.
A few months later news broke that Dr. Tsatsi's work was under scrutiny.
Hrycay's medical test was one of 70,000 images that needed to be looked at a second time.
"I received a letter in the mail ... in November of '09 saying my tests were reviewed independently, [that] the government had sent these tests away and that it was also fine," Hrycay said.
Hrycay, however, was still not feeling well and went to see another doctor in February of 2010.
In that visit two doctors noticed suspect images on the 2009 mammogram and ordered follow-up tests.
The new tests, including a biopsy, revealed cancerous cells.
"Within three weeks I had a double mastectomy," Hrycay said. "And they removed my lymph nodes on the left side."
Hrycay said she is facing more tests to determine if the cancer has spread.
"Now we're checking to see if it's in my blood, brain, organs everything," she said.
Hrycay said her initial concerns about her health were accurate and wonders why the first mammography did not lead to more tests.
"There will always be differences in interpretation in radiology," Bryan Salte, an official from the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons, told CBC News in a recent interview.
Salte was involved in the investigation by the college into Dr. Tsatsi's work.
The college concluded Tsatsi lacked competency in the field of radiology.
Still, Salte said some medical tests do not provide conclusive information.
"There are certain things that should almost never be misinterpreted," Salte said. "There are other things that are much much greyer."