"Breast cancer treatment"
About: East Metropolitan Health Service East Metropolitan Health Service Perth 6000 https://emhs.health.wa.gov.au/
Posted by Concerned friend (as ),
My friend had a mastectomy last year at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH). On her initial consultation she was told they would take the lymph nodes at the same time as the mastectomy. She had to be at the hospital and fasting from 6:30am and then she didn’t have her surgery until late that afternoon. No food, scary operation and made to wait so long. Couldn’t she have got there at lunch time?
On waking from the operation, they told her that they only biopsied her lymph nodes. Whilst recovering from her mastectomy - a week or so later after they got the biopsy results back - she was called and told they found the lymph nodes were also cancerous and therefore she needed another surgery to remove them. The surgeon could only fit her in as quickly as possible at Armadale Hospital.
We feel the surgeon has been dismissive of her questions about reconstruction - which has been of much distress to her as you can imagine. She had another round of tests and from what we can understand her previously healthy kidneys are now ruined. I believe the professional who did the test on her kidneys accused her of doing the damage herself. But it is our understanding that the date from when the kidneys went from healthy to unhealthy was the day of the lymph node surgery at Armadale and we believe the kidney damage is related to this surgery. They sent her home from Armadale with violent vomiting and we felt they dismissed it as being a side effect of the anaesthetic.
When my friend started chemotherapy at RPH, she was made to wait much longer than expected even though she was there on time. At some point there was beeping, so the nurse came and had a look, wouldn't tell her what the issue was, came back a few times and with someone else who then told her they may have given her the wrong dose - but you should be ok.
My friend now has no confidence in their treatment of her and is anxious about having to go in for her next round of chemotherapy. She is beside herself, upset and has felt like she has been dismissed and disrespected at every point.