Visit to Hobart Oncologist

24 Apr

While visiting Hobart last week we had lunch with an old friend who is a Neuro-surgeon in the public and private hospitals. He was amazed to see how well I was looking and suggested he arrange an appointment for me with the local oncologist. He hoped there might be a treatment available in Australia I could undertake.

The Oncologist adjusted her appointment diary to fit me in the very next day. She was extremely helpful and interestingly knew our son Simeon who used to be a youth leader at St Johns Presbyterian Church that she attended. Unfortunately there was nothing she could add to what I already knew. She is on the Royal Hobart Hospital Ethics Committee and phoned the secretary to see if there might be any trials in the pipeline for approval. The Sirflox trial I was admitted to in Auckland in December 2008 has only just been authorised to accept candidates in Hobart!

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Posted by on 24 April, 2011 in Family, Personal


One Response to Visit to Hobart Oncologist

  1. Matt Spotswood

    24 April, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Doug,

    I’m sorry I missed you whilst you were in Hobart. I’ve been keeping track of your blog and progress (Elmars Kuplis initially told me about your diagnosis – I’ve been trying to spend time with him when able – he’s adopted me as his spiritual grandson). Following your progress with both the disease and the healthcare system has helped me in my own practice – it’s disturbingly easy to become immune to people’s hopes, and to accept that an imperfect system is all that there is (it’s also too easy to become focussed on the failings of the system instead of celebrating its successes).

    Thank you – for the part you’ve played in my journey with Christ whilst in Hobart and now online, and also for the help you’ve given me in my professional life.

    In Him,
    Matt Spotswood


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