Medicine in Australia is top class. It may not be as cutting edge as some hospitals in the US or Western Europe, but for all practical purposes… medicine in Australia is fantastic.
There is a talk about dearth of the latest molecules, but in terms of being pragmatic and the true value for the dollar… there is almost everything available. When I talk about being available, I am talking about being funded by the government (which means free to the patient). Everything, which is not funded by the government, is available on the market (for a price).
The quality of care even in remote towns is great. If a facility is not available or there is a emergency, the Royal Flying Doctors help out.
What is the evidence of low bacterial diet in patients with chemotherapy for solid tumours? I could not really find anything conclusive in the data available.
Can someone help me out here.
Most of the data is anecdotal about a patient getting this illness or that illness, but the majority of the patients get along fine with clean, cooked food. This concept of scaring patients and their families into only eat this or that and avoid this and that…. it a complete overkill.
Now patients undergoing a bone marrow transplant with sustained neutropenia… that is a completely different story. I am talking only about patients with solid tumours undergoing chemotherapy. The period of neutropenia is relatively short and patients bouncy back fairly soon.
Eat well. Stay strong and healthy.
All doctors working in public and private hospitals should get the best possible medical indemnity insurance for themselves. Most doctors working in the public system have insurance with the govt health dept, but they also need extra insurance to cover themselves.
I think it is worth the effort. Also it is tax deductible.
I signed up with Twitter. Am trying to figure this whole social media thing out 🙂
My Twitter account is @Med_Oncology
See you on Twitter!!
All pain is not the same in cancer.
Different types of pain requires different medications:
Anti-inflammatory medications – paracetamol, ibuprofen
Opioids – morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone
Neuropathic agents – pregabalin, gabapentin, amitryptilline
Most times it is a combination of these drugs which would help.
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