Saturday, January 24, 2009
Last week I joined my gynaecologist operating on this patient; inserting bilateral ureteric stents and assisted him in his surgery. The patient was an elderly lady with advanced ovarian cancer. She had earlier seek treatment for a progressively enlarging abdominal mass and lower abdominal pain in a nearby public hospital. She went to the gynae clinic there; saw one MO (medical Officer - ? trainee gynecologist) who did an ultrasound scanning. Detecting the mass, he requested for a CT-scan examination. During the next visit, CT was done and she was seen by another MO and was asked to come at a later date to see the gynecologist in-charge. On the given date, she came but this time she was seen by another MO and no decision was made. She was then given another date. The time interval from the first to the last visit was four and half months. Upset with the long wait, her childrens later decided to bring her to our hospital; saw our gynaecologist on one day, admitted her and got the CT-scan and IVU done on the next day, TAHBSO surgery on the day after. Now, she is awaiting her chemotherapy.
Look, I am neither comparing (the efficiency or what) nor advertising; but to highlight the attitude of some of our doctors in dealing with cancer patients. When you suspected a cancer, you should put high priority in the case, deal with it 'urgently' . You are not dealing with a reducible inguinal hernia or a lipoma where you can take your sweet time and schedule the surgery electively at the end of your long elective surgery list.
No wonder we are seeing advanced diseases with poor prognosis !
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