Cancer

Chemotherapy under-dosing in bush three times worse than first thought

The number of people in western New South Wales affected by the chemotherapy under-dosing scandal is more than triple originally thought, new documents have revealed.

A NSW Government inquiry last year found 28 patients who were treated by doctor John Grygiel during fly-in, fly-out visits to Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Parkes and Cowra were given off-protocol doses of chemotherapy.

Documents obtained by the ABC under Freedom of Information laws show that number to be much higher.

A probe into clinical records held in Western NSW Local Health District and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data has found an extra 58 patients received low doses of chemotherapy.

It also found one extra patient was identified as receiving a 100 milligram flat dose of the drug carboplatin.

The inquiry investigated cases between 2010 and 2013, and found in NSW, more than 100 cancer patients treated by Dr Grygiel received off-protocol doses of chemotherapy.

Dr Grygiel in March settled an unfair dismissal case with Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

Among the patients treated by Dr Grygiel was Kevin Swindle, whose 55th birthday would have been this week.

The father-of-five from Parkes was diagnosed with bowel cancer and died six years ago.

His son Craig said the latest revelations have left his family with more questions around their father’s chemotherapy treatment at Orange Base Hospital.

“He mightn’t be here now but…