GATINEAU, Que. — A doctor faces possible sanctions because he's accused of mistakenly telling a patient he would die of lung cancer in three months.
The patient is still alive nearly three years later, and is in remission from cancer of the lymph nodes.
"He told me it was over, it was incurable," Fernand Charbonneau, 73, told a disciplinary hearing for Dr. Ron Frank Starra, who works at Gatineau Hospital.
Charbonneau had been bothered by a dry cough and went to the hospital across the river from Ottawa in January 2011.
He says an intern announced he had lung cancer and that Starra said he was terminally ill.
"He told me that the cancer was very advanced, spread everywhere," Charbonneau said. He said Starra's bedside manner was "very cold."
Starra is charged with "failing to elaborate his diagnosis...of reprehensible conduct against a patient and failure to provide care and adequate followup."