A woman with breast cancer was the victim of a medical error in May 2023. The patient underwent treatment on the left breast instead of the right breast.
Last May, a woman suffering from breast cancer suffered a medical error while she was scheduled to undergo external radiotherapy at the CHRU Bretonneau Center in Tours. He reveals that the error was discovered only after 25 sessions Nuclear Safety AuthorityASN.
One patient admitted to the oncology and radiation therapy clinic was scheduled to undergo external beam radiation therapy for breast cancer.
External radiation therapy is the method that is used Ionizing radiation generated by a particle accelerator to destroy cancer cells. These radiations are applied to the area to be treated in several parts and over several days.
ASN’s press release, published in July, suggests a side error occurred. The woman who had right breast cancer was scheduled for treatment over 28 sessions. Surprisingly, radiotherapy was performed on the left breast. it took 25 sessions for doctors to realize.
According to information received from ASN, the error was due to incorrect information entered in the patient report. The doctor responsible for the file points out an error in writing on the left instead of the right Blue France.
On a scale of 0 to 7, the ASN rated the severity of this error as level 2 “taking into account overdose in the incorrectly treated area and the potential risk of side effects.” This indicates minimal or no decline in quality of life.
The patient does not file a complaint
After being notified, the patient developed a new treatment plan with her doctors at the same institution. She said she would not have filed a complaint BFMTV.
according to Blue France, CHRU management explains this error for “multiple” reasons. The Secretary-General explains that it is necessary to “enhance patient safety and that the CHRU strives to resolve these imbalances as quickly as possible.”