How to get surgery/therapies privately? Please help
From my experience so far, is it fair to say that there is a procedure that all oncologists have to follow under NHS? That is to try out all 3 lines of chemotherapy to stabilise/shrink the tumours before considering surgery or other form of therapies?
I am currently in this catch 22 situation, tried all 3 lines of chemotherapy with no shrinkage but worse off, went to see trial drugs doctor in Oxford suggested by my oncologist, what they could offer is phase 1 general trial where they assess dosage & side effects, as if I have plenty of time to be lab 🐭! Then he went on to tell me how low the success rate is & how strict the candidate selection is, what a waste of time!
Because my tumours are not stabilised, my oncologist will not consider surgery or other therapies, which means basically I am sitting here waiting to die. He told me to talk to my palliative care nurse about pain management & hospice care. Initially I thought that's it & I have most of my affairs in order.
However, after giving it more thoughts, perhaps I should look into having surgery/other therapies done privately, at least it may extend my life even though it may not cure me. I have no clue how to go about doing so, maybe some of you could share your experience & point me in the right direction, thank you.
I will be seeing my GP this Friday, do I need him (or my oncologist, seeing him on 22/6) to refer me to a private clinic? It is extremely frustrating to know that there are effective ways to get rid of the tumours but it cannot be done because it will not eliminate all the cancer.