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www.wmfd.com - Nearly 1,200 cancer patients in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick are facing some disturbing news, as it turns out their chemotherapy treatments may have been watered down, meaning their cancer wasn't being targeted as aggressively as it should have been. }}" />

   
 
 
Cancer Patients Under-Dosed With Watered-Down Meds

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
   
   
  Originally Published on: 4/3/2013

Nearly 1,200 cancer patients in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick are facing some disturbing news. It turns out their chemotherapy treatments may have been watered down, meaning their cancer wasn't being targeted as aggressively as it should have been. John Vennavally-Rao explains how it happened. It's a stunning revelation: two commonly used chemotherapy drugs provided to four Ontario hospitals had lower than intended doss. In essence, the drugs were watered down. According to Cancer Care Ontario, the chemo meds were up to 20 percent less powerful than they should have been. "The assumption is that up to a thousand people may have received doses that are less than was intended," said ongologist Dr. Carla Sawka of Cancer Care Ontario. Not only were the doses less than intended, but some patients were getting those lower doses for up to a year, says Dr. Sawka. She says it's impossible to day how this will affect the cancer and whether it puts patients in more danger. "Will they worry? Sure, that's the nature of being human and having a condition. Of course I think that's a cause for some worry about but it's the job of the oncologist to discuss with them whether that worry is justified or not," says Dr. Sawka. The drugs came from a supplier who was responsible for mixing and labeling the medication, then providing them to hospitals. The problem was uncovered by a hospital pharmacist in Pererborough who tested the supplier's product. All Ontario hospitals are now mixing theirown doses and the supplier is no longer being used for these meds. The four hospitals in Windsor, London, Oshawa and Peterborough are arranging special meetings for the patients and their oncologists. In addition, another hospital in New Brunswick says it's in the process of notifying nearly 200 patients that they were given diluted chemotherapy treatments.  
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