Thursday, 23 July 2009

Week 21 ...... the end of treatments

Yesterday I received a 'completed treatment' summary from the radiology/oncology department confirming that I have received 28 fractionated radiosurgery therapy sessions and that I am currently taking a steroid, Dexamethasone, to combat my symptoms of headaches and nausea. It is expected that these symptoms will disappear in the next few weeks and the letter advises me who to contact should I wish to discuss any problems or have any queries. I have also been given a date for a follow-up appointment with my specialist radio-oncologist, LK, in a months' time.

That's great.

From a patient point of view I feel that it would have been more reassurring to have been given this information on my final treatment visit, in person, by one of the department nurses.

'Goodbye and good luck' just didn't quite hack it somehow.