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Hospital sorry for man's lung cancer misdiagnosis


Stephen Mahady at court

Stephen Mahady at court


Stephen Mahady at court

St James's Hospital in Dublin has apologised in the High Court to a man over a cancer misdiagnosis.

A letter of apology, as part of a confidential settlement of the case, came from St James's chief executive Lorcan Birthistle to Stephen Mahady (58), who was treated for small cell lung cancer when in fact he had another form of cancer.

"On behalf of St James's Hospital, I wish to express a sincere apology to you for the misdiagnosis of small cell lung cancer that was made in your case," the letter stated.

"This was a failing in the care provided to you and I apologise for this and for the consequential upset, distress and trauma that has caused you and those close to you."



Mr Mahady, of New Hall Court, Blessington Road, Dublin, had sued St James's claiming he was incorrectly diagnosed with, and treated for, small cell lung cancer, when he ought to have been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.

He claimed he suffered a loss of opportunity to have his condition treated.

If he was diagnosed and treated appropriately in March 2016, it was claimed, he had a 20pc chance of a long-term cure of his condition.

It was also claimed he now has no treatment option that would give him any chance of a long-term cure.

It was also claimed Mr Mahady received radiation therapy to his brain, which would not have been carried out had the correct diagnosis been made.

He was informed about the incorrect diagnosis at a point in time when he was expecting and anticipating good news in relation to his treatment.

The claims were denied.