About: Queen's Hospital (Romford)

Oncologist and radiographer both tell patient that X-ray treatment to treat cancer can cause cancer.

Patient is already struggling due to having cancer spread.

Patient needs to sign consent form but has no idea what questions to ask about possibility of new cancer.

Why don't oncologist and/or radiographer explain what type of cancer can be caused, if it will be either in blood, or bone or organ and if so which organ, or does existing cancer cells spread further?

Why don't oncologist and/or radiographer explain how quickly this can happen and give a time scale?

Why don't oncologist and/or radiographer explain how patient is monitored to see if this happens?

Why don't oncologist and/or radiographer say if patient can spot symptoms/signs and contact hospital staff?

Why does oncologist not mention alternative treatment?

Take it or leave it is the only option with no explanation.

Why does oncologist and/or radiographer not mention damage to bones similar to osteoporosis or small fractures caused by X-ray treatment, with possible treatment by bisphosphonates?

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Response from Queen's Hospital

Thank you for providing your feedback and taking the time to comment, I was sorry to read the concerns that you raised regarding the lack of information provided by our Oncology and Radiotherapy Department regarding the risks associated with having x-ray treatment for cancer. We try to make sure our patients are informed about their treatment and I have fed this back to the Radiotherapy team for them to review their practice. If you would like to discuss your concerns further, you can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service, who will be happy to assist you in any way they can. They can be contacted on 01708 435 454, or by email PALS@bhrhospitals.nhs.uk.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Nadeem Moghal

Medical Director

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