‘A scary feeling’: Sask. woman concerned about wait times for breast cancer assessment – CBC

Opposition NDP criticizes government for failing to address ‘immediate need’ for assessments, surgeries

Mar 12, 2024

Lyndia Kakakaway expects to wait at least a year for a breast cancer assessment in Saskatchewan.

She has already had cancer twice, including a breast cancer diagnosis in 1986 and another form of cancer in 2002. Now, she feels a painful lump in her chest and has not confirmed whether the cancer has returned.

“It’s a scary feeling for me. I have nine children and 11 grandchildren,” she told reporters Monday. She said she has been waiting since late summer.

The province offered Kakakaway the chance to receive care at a private clinic in Calgary, a strategy it introduced last year to manage growing wait times in the province. It contracted the private health company Clearpoint to offer 1,000 scans, with the contract in place until March 2025. In November, the province said it planned to spend about $3.5 million covering patients’ medical and travel expenses.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/a-scary-feeling-sask-woman-concerned-about-wait-times-for-breast-cancer-assessment-1.7140767

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