"The faulty and therefore stressful radiotherapy machine"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Clinical oncology Queen Elizabeth Hospital Clinical oncology B15 2TH
Posted by joy2bwriting (as ),
I have had breast cancer, which has been treated by a mastectomy, followed first by chemotherapy, then herceptin injections (that continue) and, at present, by radiotherapy. I have been consistently impressed with the expertise of nurses, doctors and all other practitioners.
This has been the case with the radiotherapy treatment; the radiologists have been very supportive, kind, friendly and helpful. But what has been distressing to me is that the radiotherapy machine has broken down twice in the first 8 days of radiotherapy, which I have found very distressing. I want to get this treatment done and over with; I find it very tiring and I want to return to the full energy I had two months after finishing chemotherapy, which I know will return. But I have become very depressed as a consequence of the machine breaking down twice so far.
I have no confidence that it won't break down again and now all I want is to finish the treatment. The radiographers have kindly offered to have myself and other patients receive an additional treatment tomorrow, Saturday, so that we can catch up a bit. But why is this machine not being replaced when it should be? When will the machine be replaced?
I am thinking not just about myself, but about all those in future who want to return to health and find that the machine keeps breaking down and dragging out this process.