And for a change A HEART ATTACK!

And for a change A HEART ATTACK! 
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Hi,
 
my postings and attention have been a little distracted, for which I apologise, in view of the fact that I have been a tad busy over the last week testing the facilities of The NHS, yet again, by having a heart attack in my sleep last Monday morning (19-Nov-2012), believed to be a result of familial heredity, many years of smoking good cigars, years of excellent living and 14 years of 24/7 stress combating and defeating cancer!
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Despite 8/8 occlusion of the right coronary artery and an enlarged aorta I believe the NHS is glad to see me sufficiently recovered to be discharged in the light of the endless flow of visitors! (thanks for the support to all my friends who were able to make it and to those who provided such formidable support to Lee and those too distant who sent cards and constantly phoned messages of support).
 
Back at home I have taken some time in catching up with the vagaries and stupidities of UKIP leadership and their foolish willingness to preen in faux praise like performing monkeys and small children and my web site and blog at http://UKIP-vsEUkip.com I will endeavour to catch up with the info on this blog when time permits.
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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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Daily Mail reports Kidney Cancer accidental death

Daily Mail reports Kidney Cancer accidental death
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A widow died on an operating table after a surgeon tried to remove the wrong organ, an inquest heard today. 


Widow dies on operating table when surgeon tries to remove liver instead of her kidney

 

  • Amy Francis underwent surgery for kidney cancer
  • Trainee loses confidence during operation
  • Liver ruptures causing death
  • Hospital admits to error
By SADIE WHITELOCKS
Amy Francis, 77, underwent keyhole surgery to remove a cancerous right kidney last July.
But during the operation at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, her liver ruptured as it was mistakenly pulled out and, despite desperate efforts to save her, she died of internal bleeding.
Consultant urologist Dr Adam Carter, admitted to the error and highlighted that as a result of the death, a modified operating procedure had been communicated ‘worldwide’.
Her son Alan, 52, praised Dr Carter for his honesty and the  hospital for ‘owning up’ early.
Following the hearing he said: ‘We appreciated Mr Carter’s honesty and him coming along here today and hope that we can put it all behind us now.
‘I think that it was the honesty that saved the hospital. If we thought that they had not answered our questions it would have been different. 
‘This was an honest mistake.’
Retired accountant, Mrs Francis, was diagnosed with kidney cancer and was due to be treated after she had recovered from the routine surgery.
 
But during the operation Dr Carter allowed a trainee, who had never performed the procedure before, to locate and remove the organ.
As the trainee wasn’t confident enough to remove the organ Dr Carter was forced to take over, and during the changeover confusion occurred.
When he attempted to remove the kidney he was immediately told by the anesthetist that the patient’s blood pressure was dropping and he realised his mistake.
Consultant urologist Dr Adam Carter, admitted to the fatal error during an operation performed at the Royal Gwent Hospital

Consultant urologist Dr Adam Carter, admitted to the fatal error during an operation performed at the Royal Gwent Hospital

Two senior surgeons were called to the scene and every effort was made to save Mrs Francis, but they were unsuccessful.
David Bowen, the coroner for Gwent, said: ‘Whilst undergoing keyhole surgery for the necessary removal of the cancerous kidney, Mrs Francis’s liver was ruptured when it was mistakenly and unintentionally identified as the kidney and was catastrophically torn and damaged, resulting in death.’ 
Dr Carter said he had carried out the procedure 20 times since the death without a problem.
Son Alan said before the inquest finished: ‘We accept the decision and we also accept that Mr Carter and his team acted in good faith to prolong my mother’s life.
‘We also appreciated his honesty and wish him well for the future and hope he goes on to do other successful operations.’
Over the last 40 years, the number of cases of kidney cancer has doubled in men and risen by 130 per cent in women, a trend which is believed to be linked to rising obesity figures.
There were 3638 new cases diagnosed in men and 2118 new cases diagnosed in woman in England during 2007.


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I received this same operation 05-Sep-2001, in the same theater, but then laparascopic surgery for a nephrectomy due to cancer was NOT often practiced and my operation was a full open operation sadly this increases the risks of infection and prolongues recovery but despite serious infection and a fully herniated wound the operation saved my life.

YES accidents happen in surgery as it is not an exact science – Obviously there was no intention to cause an infection nor intent to create a massive inoperable hernia – It is called an accident and I totally endorse the attitude of Mrs. Francis’s family, I also endorse the decision to protect the tranee surgeon from identification and clearly the responsibility, if not the action, was Adam Carter’s.

I have known Adam Carter since before he took over leading the team when Windsor Bowsher sadly died 11-May-2011. His actions in this issue have been entirely honourable as I would expect and I would be happy to have him operate on me, if I ever need further complex surgery.

Some weeks after my operation a friend of mine, who is a senior nurse at the same hospital, lost her father on that same operating table whilst having a nephrectomy due to cancer. 

In his case the death was unrelated to his cancer or his kidney as he died of a massive heart attack at the very start of the operation and despite being in exactly the right pl;ace to help him survive the team were unable to revive him.

Yes accidents and tragedies happen and the risks are higher in hospitals but with a clear case of an accident that the hospital and medical team immediately keep the family or victim informed – unless there is clear negligence or similar – there is no moral ‘right’ to capitalise on the accident.

I am sure that Mrs. Francis would have been proud of her family’s response to her unfortunate ACCIDENT, just as I applaud Adam Carter’s courage in being totally transparent.


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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
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I do make a lousy patient!

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& My Flexi Result!

& My Flexi Result!
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Hi,

so today, as ever with some trepidation it was off to The Royal Gwent for a Flexible Cystoscopy – this time was in the urology center where they have larger and clearer HD VDU screens.

The increased high definition showed up many of the scars from previous resections and clearly showed the resection of New Year’s Eve, once the position of the ureter stump was found (stump of course as mine was removed when I had my left kidney removed in 2001).

The site of that resection, which had started out as a T3, was looking very healthy and similar to the surrounding wall of the bladder, which was very reassuring.

 To enlarge the pic. double click it

I’m not sure who was most surprised at just how clear my bladder was so scarring not withstanding it was an all clear.

I do have a feeling that if I entered the middle lobe of my prostate in a competition it might just win at least a placing that size! However as yet it is no serious problem and with all the future flexis the opportunity is there to check it every 6 months or so.

Then a visit to the urology unit where I have now been a patiet for 13 years!!!! Many changes of staff as a number of the original staff have now retired but the genuine interest and humour of those who have watched my progress and helped to keep me alive is a huge encouragement when you consider around 6,500 people a year are diagnosed with Kidney Cancer with a morbidity rate of around 5,000+ within the 5 years that classify as cured if you can last past the 5 years!

Bladder Cancer is also more prevalent than many believe with over 10,000 diagnosed a year in Britain:

Standardised (AS) Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population,  UK, 2008

England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland United Kingdom
Male Cases 6,322 432 487 149 7,390
Crude Rate 25.0 29.6 19.5 17.1 24.5
AS Rate 19.1 20.3 14.8 15.6 18.8
AS Rate – 95% LCL* 18.7 18.4 13.5 13.1 18.3
AS Rate – 95% UCL* 19.6 22.2 16.2 18.1 19.2
Female Cases 2,469 152 265 59 2,945
Crude Rate 9.4 9.9 9.9 6.5 9.4
AS Rate 5.6 5.6 5.7 4.6 5.6
AS Rate – 95% LCL* 5.4 4.7 5.0 3.4 5.4
AS Rate – 95% UCL* 5.8 6.5 6.3 5.8 5.8
Persons Cases 8,791 584 752 208 10,335
Crude Rate 17.1 19.5 14.5 11.7 16.8
AS Rate 11.6 12.1 9.6 9.3 11.4
AS Rate – 95% LCL* 11.4 11.1 8.9 8.1 11.2
AS Rate – 95% UCL* 11.8 13.1 10.3 10.6 11.6
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The Morbidity Rate is not as encouraging as one might wish!

The number of bladder cancer deaths and mortality rates for the constituent countries in the UK are shown.

So I guess on this alone my survival is unusual and then considering the TCC Tumours in the abdomen and the cancerous Lymph Node(s) the stats have been against me with chemo and Radio Therapy – I have been incredibly fortunate!

Consider Steve Povey who I knew of and had spoken to a couple of times – at 53 he was diagnosed with lung cancer in August and died last weekend CLICK HERE
I also note that Robin Page, a friend of mine with prostate cancer who you may know from his days on ‘One Man & His Dog’, his oncologist who is in her 40s ignored a pain in her lower back and is now facing serious spread opf cancer which is now being treated but with a poor prognosis I understand.
We all know all too many who are facing the challenges of cancer and I hope they will find they have the good fortune I have had and the team that has supported my fight against this pernicious collection of diseases!
Good Luck – At the moment I seem to be clear and long may it last 🙂

ANYONE wanting help or a chat – an amateur view from someone who has been there, got the TShirt and been subject of the video do feel free to contact me if you feel I might be able to informally help!
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I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
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I do make a lousy patient!

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If YOU want to follow my fight against Cancer from when it started and I first presented with symptoms see The TAB just below the Header of this Blog. called >DIARY of Cancer< just click and it will give you a long list of the main events in chronological order.
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