"Misdiagnosis causes depression and anxiety."
About: Concord Repatriation General Hospital / Palliative Care Concord Repatriation General Hospital Palliative Care Concord 2139 Westmead Hospital / Oncology Westmead Hospital Oncology Westmead 2145
Posted by MHC new patient (as ),
A relative had Breast Cancer. She got treatment overseas and was well for a year. Recently she had backache and went to see an Oncologist at Westmead Hospital who told her she had Breast Cancer stage 4 and would die in 3 months.
3 months later she was admitted to Concord Hospital Palliative Care Centre and was told by another Oncologist that she has lesion but, with treatment could live easily for another 10 years.
This misdiagnosis caused: depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, stress, financial burdens for the patient. Around 20 friends and family were stressed for 3 months and her child put their academic semester on hold. She flew overseas twice to find a cure and wasted a lot of money.
There is a difference between telling someone they will die in 90 days and telling them there is treatment and they will live for 10 years. There is no cure for her backbone (weakened due to radiation) but there is certainly treatment for her.
The patient wishes not to complain or sue as she thinks her care will be affected if the Westmead Oncologist gets to know. So my question, patients have to suffer a misdiagnosis and then keep quiet because they are afraid of the health system?