"Disappointed with chemotherapy "
About: Freeman Hospital / Clinical oncology Freeman Hospital Clinical oncology NE7 7DN
Posted by 1950BM (as ),
The department was running late when I arrived for my first session of chemo. A nurse sat with me injecting the drug, and I became aware of increasing pain at the point of entry. On withdrawal, it was discovered that the chemo drug had seeped through my vein and into the tissues.
The procedure was halted. It required 3 separate antidote infusions, immediately, and over the next 2 days. A Plastic Surgeon had to irrigate the area, it requires ongoing appts at plastic surgery.
A follow up appt at Oncology was disappointing. The doctor calling for me didn't get my name right, and didn't appear to know what had happened. They only opened my file when my voice rose, and they didn't make any comment about what had occurred.
I'm torn between feeling that insufficient care was taken initially, or it was just one of those things.
It has affected my positive thoughts regarding chemotherapy.