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Care of cancer patient was posted 10/31/2005 06:42 pm by Paul
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To keep my story as short as possible, my wife (age 44) died of pancreatic cancer (stage IV),4 weeks after diagnosis on September 6th. On September 8th, she had a colostomy done due to intestinal blockage (may have been caused by tumor growth causing pressure). The surgeon and cancer specialist wanted to wait 3 weeks before starting chemo. She went in on Tuesday, September 20th for the first round of chemo (details if you need them). Thursday evening Sept. 22, she started to be nausea(ish)and could not keep anything down. Friday, September 23rd, we took her to the emergency room fearing possible dehydration. She spent 7 days in the hospital and wanted to come home because things were not improving. 4 days later she died.

My question to everybody who has had treatments:

1. Do cancer specialists allow chemo this quickly after surgery?

2. When she was getting sick, the Cancer Center told us to try a lot of medications to try to settle the nausea. One they told us to get was Emend, which is intended for chemo, but is supposed to be taken before you start.

3. When we went back to the hospital for the 7 days, she was in a single room on a floor that I believe was for recovery from surgerys. Anyhow, would you feel that the care she received there should have been specific for advanced cancer patients? (A little side note. While there, she was halucinating(?)so bad she would get up with the IV in, walk around, try to rearrange the tile on the floor, talk to people not there, try to use the restroom every 10 minutes, etc. If 'I' wasn't there to watch her, she very well could have hurt herself because she didn't know what she was doing. This type of activity normally happened at night, when it got dark.)

Not that I will, but I was wondering if a lawsuit may be in line due to the quality of care we received. I do not look at this as a get rich opportunity, but possibly a patient in the future may receive better care if this is brought up.

Thank you for listening.

Paul

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