Our expert says:
Of course I understand your distress, and what you describe sounds like appalling negligence. There are different kinds of cancer, of varying severity and responding differently to treatment. The priority, then, is to discover what sort your husband has, and what will be the best way to deal with it. Ask the hospital if they can arrange for you to see a social worker or psychologist for counselling, to help you cope better and of course to be better able to help your husband. Also, contact the Cancer Association which is a strong national organization, and can both provide information and support for you both, but may also be able to make significant inquiries at the hospital to push them towards behaving effectively.
Sadly, as many seem so badly administered and run, provincial hospitals, and individual departments tend to be pot luck - some, fortunately are still excellent. I have a friend who was discovered to have a large tumour in his chest, and he has been excellently handled by his local provincial hospital, apparently receiving the highest standards of care all round, through diagnosis, surgery, nursing and all aspects of management
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