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Recent HDC Decision: Management of a man with oesophageal cancer

The following decisions have recently been published on the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) website: 

Management of a man with oesophageal cancer

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding a general practitioner (GP), an anaesthetist and a District Health Board (DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for the care provided to a man with oesophageal cancer.

The man had previously undergone chemotherapy and an Ivor Lewis oesophagogastrectomy procedure (surgery to remove the oesophagus and part of the stomach) and had a feeding tube inserted. Following surgery, the man was advised by the surgeon’s registrar that there were no further treatment options if the cancer recurred, but that his GP could request a surveillance CT scan at the six to 12 month mark.


Case notes for this decision can be found here.


Last updated : Thursday, August 30, 2018

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