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NHS England issues statement regarding high risk screening for some women following chest radiotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

6 March 2024

The NHS is contacting a group of 1,487 women who had radiotherapy above their waist to treat Hodgkin lymphoma, when aged between 10 to 35 years during 1962 to 2003, who should have been referred for annual MRI checks (and depending on their age, a mammogram).

This is beause, last year, the NHS was alerted that some of these women treated when aged between 10 to 35 years during 1962 to 2003 may not have been invited for this annual testing.

After an urgent review, NHS England is this week (4 March) sending women in this group, that need to be invited onto the very high risk (VHR) screening pathway, a letter apologising for what has happened. NHS breast screening services will then follow up by offering appointments. Patients who do not receive an NHS letter offering additional screening are not affected by this.

Anyone who thinks they might be in this group can also get further information and support from a dedicated helpline that is initially open 7 days a week:

  • Telephone:  0345 8778962​
  • Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and Saturday and Sundays 10am to 4pm (Local call charges apply).

Please have your NHS number ready when you call.

You can read a full statment from NHS England by clicking here. 

If you believe you, or someone you know, might be in this group you can call the above dedicated helpline 7 days a week, further guidance can also be found by clicking here.