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My name is Teresa Sewell. My husband had intermediate prostate cancer which was being treated with EBRT. He developed severe shortness of breath and extreme fatigue during weeks 4-8 of his treatment. We told the radiologist about the shortness of breath and he said it was due to the extremely hot weather we were having. He gave us the same excuse for weeks 4-8. He did not order any blood tests, scans or anything. He did not even listen to my husband's lungs with the stethoscope. He seemed to be in a rush to get to the next patient.
My husband was sent home to wait for 1 month after week 8 and told to come back on July 25, 2016 and have his blood drawn and then to return to the office on July 28, 2016 for the results of the blood work, but he did not make it back for the results because he died of cardiac arrest on July 27, 2016.
The doctor in the ER asked what happened and I told him he had recently had radiation treatments and he said he highly suspected that a DVT had set up and went to his lungs because he never had any cardiac problems whatsoever.
When my husband did not show up for his results the nurse called me and asked why and I told her he had died and it took her about 2 seconds to get the doctor on the phone. He was totally shocked that my husband had died. He was really, really surprised. Right after my husband died the office was sending me a bill for $1,200 but my attorneys have asked the office for my husband's medical records so they are aware that I have contacted an attorney and they are no longer sending me the bill for $1,200.
If anyone experiences shortness of breath, get the doctor to check for pulmonary embolism. It may save their life. I only wish I had known this earlier.