I am writing to you about my son not getting his cancer treatment, He has a Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4 brain tumour. He had been on a clinical trial last year but it ended in 2021. He was allowed to keep on the same treatment for as long as it keeps his tumour stable. When he went for his treatment on 13 July, the hospital gives you a Rapid Test which unfortunately showed he had Covid (even though he did not show any symptoms). He went for a PCR test which did show he had Covid. He was told by the hospital oncology dept. he could not have his treatment for another 2 weeks which was 27 July( he has been having his treatment every two weeks since the clinical trial). My son was very upset and found it hard to mentally cope, and had concerns what would happen if he missed a treatment. His question is: Why could they not have put him in another room and given him his treatment, it seems that there is no policy/plan for patients who have terminal cancer to still get their treatment if they get Covid. What will happen if he gets Covid again, does he miss out on treatment again?? I have written to the hospital, but no reply as yet. My sons concern is having the Rapid Test before going into his treatment. The Victorian Health Dept. needs to advise on it's policy/rules/plan for cancer patients to still get their treatment. especially terminal patients. P.S There is a piece from Peter Mac Cancer "Delaying treatment may impact outcomes so it's important to speak with your treating team if you have any concerns" I have spoken to son's team, but the feeling was they don't have a policy/plan in place for cancer patients that may get Covid.
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.