Bordeaux: A cancer patient is treated badly for 11 sessions

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A cancer patient in Bordeaux received treatment for parotid gland by external radiation therapy. Halfway through the sessions, the medical team realized that the patient was not being treated on the right side.

The story is serious. A cancer patient underwent external radiation therapy on the parotid gland, a salivary gland located on either side of the mouth under the ears. He was to follow twenty-two sessions with a dose of 27.5 gray.

Arriving halfway through the treatment, at the eleventh session, a member of the medical staff of the SARL Radiothérapie of the Bordeaux-nord clinic noticed that this patient had been treated … on the wrong side! He was surprised that the patient was treated on the opposite side of the face where he had a bandage.

“Wrong indication of a doctor”

“The event was the result of an erroneous indication of a doctor on the side to be treated and this error was not seen,” said Jean-François Valadeau, head of the nuclear approach station of the Bordeaux division of the Nuclear Safety Authority. at the presentation of the annual results.

The ASN described this “significant radiation protection event” at level 2 on the ASN-SFRO scale which counts 7. This classification corresponds to a “moderate organ alteration” for this wrongly irradiated salivary gland, in February 2021 .

The patient’s age, sex and current health are not known due to medical secrecy.

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