Cardiff man's eight-month cancer treatment wait

Cardiff man's eight-month cancer treatment wait
From BBC - February 6, 2018

A grandfather waited eight months for cancer treatment only to be told his condition had become terminal.

Ronny Andrews, 64, had a tumour on his liver discovered in January 2017, but it was not until September he finally had chemotherapy.

This was four times longer than the 62 day treatment target set by the Welsh Government and by then it was too late.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said this cancer had been difficult to diagnose.

Mr Andrews told BBC Wales Live as soon as he heard he had cancer, he wanted to start treatment.

"I had no fear of having the cancer, I thought 'well let's get it out'," he said.

"But as time went past I thought well this is just growing and growing and not coming out."

Mr Andrews' initial biopsy was delayed because he was not told to stop taking his blood thinning tablets, then when the biopsy was carried out, the tumour was missed - this meant it had to be repeated.

The delays added months to his wait for treatment.

"When they first saw it, it was 5cm," said Mr Andrews.

"But by the time they even bothered treating it, it was 15cm. Obviously it was very malignant and fast growing."

Then, last summer, he was told the cancer was terminal.

He had one treatment - a TACE - in which chemotherapy was injected into the tumour. Unfortunately it had little impact and he was given between three and six months to live.

"For the last six months it's been 'what if?' What if they had treated me earlier? What if I had been sent to a different place of course -but that's all a bit late now," he said.


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