Medical Mishap: Woman Receives Cancer Treatment on Wrong Side at Bretonneau CHRU in Tours

2023-11-12 07:50:00

At the Bretonneau CHRU in Tours, a 25-year-old woman with cancer in her left breast underwent more than twenty sessions to treat the bad breast. A confusion due to “a laterality error”, reports France 3.

Getting treated for cancer on the wrong side. This is the mishap encountered by a patient from the Bretonneau CHRU in Tours, aged 25. According to France 3the young woman, who had been diagnosed with cancer in the left breast, received external radiotherapy treatment to the right breast for 25 sessions out of the 28 planned, the channel specifies.

“A laterality error occurred during the preparation of the treatment, resulting in the contouring of the left breast in place of the right breast as the area to be treated. (…) One of the factors contributing to this laterality error could be linked to the presence discrepant information in the report of the initial medical consultation”explained the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), which published an incident report on its website.

A precedent in Tours

Still according to this press release, the overdose brought to the “region wrongly treated” could have side effects, which the ASN rates at 2 on a scale of 0 to 7. “The patient was informed of the error and its potential consequences. A new treatment plan was proposed to treat the breast that should have been treated”specifies the text.

Furthermore, this would not be the first error of its kind on the part of the CHRU of Tours. “Already faced with this type of laterality error, the establishment had started reflections on the process to guarantee the accuracy of the information transcribed on digital media and had initiated actions, currently being deployed to reduce this risk “can we also read in the note.

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published on November 12 at 8:50 a.m., Théo Rampazzo, 6Medias

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