A hospice nurse in the north of England received a mastectomy after being incorrectly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, according to a report posted on 28 June by BBC News.
After initially being diagnosed in February 2020 at Barnsley Hospital after a routine screening appointment and biopsy, 65-year-old Brenda Young of Hoylandswaine received a mastectomy and was then told she actually didn't have cancer, BBC News reported. She subsequently had to wait nine months for breast reconstruction surgery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After being contacted by medical negligence lawyers, Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust apologized to Young that the standard of care she received was below what she had a right to expect. In addition, the Trust has identified "actions and learning" that will be monitored through its governance procedures, according to BBC News.
The Trust noted that a doctor did not seek a second opinion when analyzing test results before arriving at Young's diagnosis of invasive breast cancer.