Vaughan woman with Stage 4 colon cancer has surgery postponed indefinitely 'because of the situation with COVID-19'
A 30-year-old Ontario woman diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer has had her surgery postponed indefinitely and says it could be too late to save her if the procedure keeps getting pushed back.
I'm not into denying care to people when they make stupid decisions (anti Vax, smokers, etc), but if people with stage 4 cancer are being denied surgery due to lack of ICU beds, it seems like they need to hold back more of these beds for people getting critical surgery. People who chose not to get a vaccine should be a lower priority than late stage cancer surgeries. Just like smokers and alcoholics aren't priorities for lung and liver transplants, people without a Covid vaccine shouldn't be the priority for ICU beds.
I'm so sad and angry for this woman.
I have stage 2 colon cancer, I'll also be having surgeries at Mt Sinai after chemo and radiation. Hearing this is pretty frustrating to say the least.
I don't understand this... If someone is going to die of cancer, how are they LESS of a priority than someone who is going to die of COVID 19?
At a certain point, we have to admit that health care is overrun and sorry COVID patients, there just aren't beds for you... we have cancer patients to take care of too, y'know? Go to this FIELD HOSPITAL... WHERE ARE THE FIELD HOSPITALS? We had them before, and never used them. PUT THEM UP AGAIN, HOUSE THE COVID PEOPLE THERE, AND DO THE DAMN CANCER SURGERIES.
Like, that will be the only thing that might spur the provincial government to take serious action.
My mother just went through chemo and surgery to deal with colon cancer a year ago…I’m sick thinking about the situation of this poor woman, this is wrong.
Back in the days, people were happy that ICU utilization was low, and as if that was all it mattered. Hell no, delayed care was and is everywhere. The indirect cost is immeasurable. :(
You can directly blame Doug for this. Terrible response to what is happening. We all rag on Florida for being so lax about Covid, but the reality is their hospital system is not under stress as they have 3 times the capacity we do. Doug "Reducing healthcare budget in 2018" Ford needs to accept he fucked up, big time.
You mean Fords cuts to healthcare and limiting wage increases to 1% for public sector healthcare workers despite calling them heroes is coming back to bite us?
I mean its multiple fronts not enough investments, not enough workers and more cuts because you know... Ford
Yeah this is BS. Any cancer procedures or ones of significant importance should trump COVID at this point.
Just something to keep in mind when the anti-vaxxer-apologist says "what's the big deal? They're only hurting themselves"
Because they're not.
Their irresponsible, selfish, ignorant decision to not vaccinate has crippled out economy, held us all hostage, and is now denying legitimately sick people the medical care they need.
Absolutely disgusting that space can't be made available/reserved for her. How is she less deserving of an ICU bed than an unvaxxed individual?
Man, that is really horrible. I am sure there are 100x these type of stories that don't make it to the media too. I guess she is with one specialist and they are associated with that hospital so she has no choice but to work with them vs people able to go to another hospital network?
Since the main issue is whether an ICU bed will be available if there are complications, why don't we give patients the choice to go ahead with these potentially life-saving operations anyway? As long as the patient is fully informed and accepts that there may not be an ICU bed available if something goes wrong, I don't see the problem. Note: this does not apply to operations that absolutely require an ICU stay afterwards.
IMO there are a lot of things we could be doing even if they are more risky to patients, but there are a lot of regulations in civilian health care (and for good reason). Worst case, we could be patching people up M*A*S*H-style in a tent in the parking lot, and yeah it would suck and might not be as safe as a perfectly sterile operating room, but it'd be better than nothing.
In a perfect world, we'd boot the damn anti-vaxxers out of the ICU so those who deserve it can get the care they need, but that would make too much sense...
I'm glad the media is finally showing the cost of coddling anti-vaxxers. There is a real human cost to their fucking ignorant bullshit. We need our media to produce more stories so the public can learn the true cost of this pandemic. There are people too willing to forgo steps to alleviate the stress on our medical system by following the advice of our experts. Yes, it won't eliminate it but it would certainly go a long way in mitigating the long term cost. We should think of this as our generation's "rationing". It is not something we want to do but it's something we have to do if we want to flatten the curve and get through this without expecting so few to pay such a steep price.
I didn't want to wear a mask due to personal trauma over having something so constricting on my face nevertheless, I wear one anyway. It's preferable to getting ill. I had travel plans in 2020 but I didn't go even though it was only April 2020 and we didn't know just how bad this could become. Instead, I got refunds for everything. I liked my job. It may not have been perfect but it served its purpose. Yet I still got laid off because business dropped. We couldn't see family for regular events. Especially those who lived alone. Like so many others, I made sacrifices because it was my civic duty. Yet here we are, still fighting ignorance because a few people refused to be mildly inconvenient in the short-term. The time has come to make them pay their lion's share that many of us have paid many times over by doing what has been asked of us.
They really could not discharge a single non-vaxxed COVID ICU person to make room for this women? That's disgusting.
Got to make sure that those ICU beds get in the hands of unvaccinated idiots.
Totally unacceptable. There is just no excuse for this. This country has gone to shit.
The dark voice in my head is wondering whether she is being triaged on account of having a terminal diagnosis? I’d be curious what the doctors are actually telling her. Very sad though.
The only way you will receive “non emergency” surgery is if you are already admitted to the hospital. If the doctor suggests you go home and schedule the surgery for another time it will be a long time until you have it. It’s sad but unfortunately with the current situation there isn’t much doctors can do
Sometimes see facebook posts of "I can respect you getting vaccinated, can you respect me not being vaccinated?"
No I cannot you selfish ass.
Early in 2020, just as Covid was starting to bite, I was diagnosed with tonsil/tongue cancer. It all worked out OK, with 7 weeks of chemo and radiation, but there was always a fear that Covid would effect access to treatment.
She has Stage 4 cancer. But as Omicron delays her surgery, all she can do is wait and worry
'This is my life we're talking about,' says Ontario woman whose cancer surgery's been delayed by Omicron
Ontario woman with Stage 4 colon cancer has life-saving surgery postponed indefinitely