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Canadian minister rejects claims of improper breast cancer treatment

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2246
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    A Canadian health minister has rejected claims that as many as 30% of patients with breast cancer in Quebec may have received improper treatment. Yves Bolduc’s comments came after several days of confusing media reports about the alleged improper treatment.

    Dr Bolduc, Quebec’s health minister, said that the reports were false and unfounded, and he blamed the press and special interest groups for misinforming the public.

    Clarification came after a meeting on Sunday with medical experts who examined a study from the Quebec Pathologists Association first publicised by an online news story from Radio Canada, the French service of the Canadian Broadcasting Association.

    Dr Bolduc said, “We can assure [patients] that …

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