CCSN is shocked and disappointed with the news that there were errors in the delivery of chemotherapy medicines in Oshawa, Peterborough, London, Windsor and Saint John, New Brunswick. Receiving chemotherapy treatment is difficult enough without the added impact some patients are now experiencing with the knowledge, and fear, that their treatment was tampered with.
"Our first concern is for patient safety. While we are pleased that the Ontario Government is launching a public inquiry into the issue, the fact is that this should not have happened in the first place. There needs to be stronger protocols in place to prevent against this type of error," commented CCSN CEO & President, Jackie Manthorne.
Patients are now receiving the news from their hospitals and cancer centres about whether they were affected by the diluted medicine. Cancer Care Ontario estimates that 1,000 patients in Ontario have been affected, with more in Saint John when they received lower than intended doses of specific chemotherapy drugs.
If you have been affected, you should speak with your doctor and oncologist and ask what this means for you.