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Two years of chemo for 'non-existent' tumours

15 Jan 2013, 08:55

Published: 15 Jan 2013 08:55 GMT+01:00

"It's extremely regrettable," Lars-Göran Holtby, chief doctor at the Gävle hospital, told the local Arbetarbladet newspaper.

The woman, who is in her sixties, had previously battled breast cancer and after complaining of back pains, doctors feared the cancer had spread, as x-rays indicated she had tumours in her liver and other vital organs.

A rigourous treatment programme was started, including chemotherapy, radiation, and cortisone.

The treatment, which continued for two years, caused a number of debilitating side effects, including brittle bones and compressed vertebrae.

Doctors also discovered the treatment had damaged parts of the woman's brain, reducing her dexterity and her ability to control her hands, the newspaper reported.

A subsequent examination revealed that doctors had been wrong in diagnosing the woman with cancer, realizing that what they had seen on the x-rays two years prior weren't actually tumours.

However, the unnecessary treatment has left the woman with permanent injuries, prompting the hospital to file a report with the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

"We're very sorry for this and wish it could be undone," Holtby told Arbertarbladet.

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10:30 January 15, 2013 by JulieLou40
Christ almighty. Doesn't exactly inspire you with confidence, does it?
18:10 January 15, 2013 by Ugh!
No it does not. I feel so sorry for her and her family. She has suffered so much and what's left of her life has been ruined- and add to that the fact that she basically has no recourse under swedish law. I wish her the best of luck for the future. She'll need it.
20:25 January 15, 2013 by cogito
Is it Swedish health care or the NHS (British system) that is the bottom or the barrel in European health care?
10:48 January 26, 2013 by Da Goat
She would have been better to opt out of treatment ...Just let me die and she would have lived happy ever after!

I am still amazed they still use the old unproved hit and miss methods still!
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