Point of View: Patience, please — waiting for cancer surgery during a pandemic
(Onrén:hote Dan David/ CBC News ) — Five days after the Montreal General Hospital cancelled my surgery, I had questions that needed answers: “Why?” and “What next?”
I’m a cancer patient. Last year, I beat throat cancer. This year, about a month ago, I found out I have bowel cancer and need an operation. The sooner, the better.
We found it early, so there’s a good chance for a full recovery. The longer we leave things, the slimmer are my chances of coming out of this without complications.
It was all straightforward until COVID-19 became more than someone else’s problem. It became mine.
Sometime in the two weeks after my surgery date was set, everything changed for everybody heading for a Montreal hospital.
The person who gave me the bad news about my postponed operation had the same news for everyone: all surgeries had been cancelled at the Montreal General. (…)read full story