Tue Apr 9, 2019, 04:03 AM

Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside (Scotland) patients die

Chemotherapy doses review after 14 NHS Tayside patients die

An independent review is to be carried out into chemotherapy given to 14 women who died after NHS Tayside gave lower doses than other Scottish health boards. The health board requested the review after it was criticised in a report by Health Improvement Scotland (HIS)…..NHS Tayside said dosages were lowered to reduce side-effects.

Lee Dennis, began treatment for breast cancer almost two years ago. She one of the 304 patients contacted by NHS Tayside earlier this week. "The first notion that I had that my treatment was in anyway different from anyone else's in any other treatment centre in Scotland was receiving a letter at the beginning of this week," she told BBC Scotland. "It stated that from December 2016 until the 31 March this year, my particular regiment of chemotherapy had being knowingly under-dosed, outwith national guidelines.

"I actually had to read the letter twice when I first opened it because I was not really sure what I was reading. As it settled into my head, I felt a lot of things - a rush of anxiety, a flurry of questions came to my mind and I incoherently babbled to my husband that he needed to read this letter and explain to me what I was taking in.".....

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Another happy consequence of free medical care for all.....bureaucratic noncommunication.

Been there, seen that, done that, in regards to socialized medicine. It's lousy, and anyone advocating it needs taken out to be tarred-and-feathered. As we're reminded, there's nothing "exceptional" about America, and so it wouldn't be any different here than it has been everywhere else, a dismal failure.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 05:38 AM

1. While I'm in agreement

with the downsides of socialized medicine I also have doubts about the efficacy and safety of many chemo regimens. It's all guesswork. Everyone reacts differently. It's going to kill some folks before the cancer does just as it may cure or postpone the inevitable in some.

In my own case, 1st time cut & burn, 2d time cut & poison, 3rd time cut only, the radiation was worse, but the effects of chemo still linger after 14 years. I cannot say for certain chemo cured me, but there were 2 people in the chemo suite at the same time as I that were killed outright by it. It may have been the anti cancer chemical, the alcohol derivative, the other additives or a combo. The stuff really is a crap shoot and I'd never opt for it again.

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Response to HerasHeaddress (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 06:59 AM

2. I know; I went through seven months of that myself.

(But here, with regular health insurance, not in those cases where I was subjected to free medical care for all under socialized medicine.)

Being unusually sensitive to drugs--which is a good thing, I think--but unable to convince the oncologist this was the case, at first he gave me the usual-and-standard drugs and dosages.

I was to go into chemotherapy once a week; that never happened. I'd go one week, be in the hospital the next week, go to chemotherapy the following week, be in the hospital again the subsequent week, and so on.

They never would reduce the dosage, so I finally had to say, "all right, I'm out of here."

I'm very grateful to God that I've survived with my thick head of hair intact. But man, a whole lot of other things went. (I was in chemotherapy from May 2017 until Christmas Eve 2017, when I called it quits.) As the cancer wasn't ever eradicated, I'd try it again.....but ONLY with one-half or one-third of the drugs used before.

I dunno why the oncologist didn't take me seriously.

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