Archive for June, 2016


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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Newcastle Private Hospital.NSW.Australia. Photo: Fiona Morris

Colleen Stefanyszyn, of the Newcastle suburb Merewether, vomited faecal material for several days before her death following surgery at Newcastle Private Hospital in December, 2008.

It was “the worst red flag that a surgeon would see”, a medical expert said during a NSW Supreme Court hearing that resulted in negligence findings against her gynaecologist and the hospital, and the possibility of contempt action against the hospital relating to the Supreme Court proceedings.

Mrs Stefanyszyn’s death was preventable, NSW Supreme Court Justice Monika Schmidt found in a decision on Tuesday that was highly critical of the hospital and its breaches of duty of care that contributed to Mrs Stefanyszyn’s death.

Justice Schmidt accepted Newcastle gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Oliver Brown’s admission that he breached his duty of care to Mrs Stefanyszyn and that it had resulted in her death.

Mrs Stefanyszyn’s death “could have been prevented, had available surgical steps been taken”, Justice Schmidt said.

Mrs Stefanyszyn, 61, had vaginal hysterectomy elective surgery at the hospital on December 1, 2008.

During the operation a loop of suture material “inadvertently looped around Mrs Stefanyszyn’s bowel”, resulting in a blockage, Justice Schmidt said.

She lived for just four days after the surgery, vomiting faecal matter from the third day, starting with a “coffee-coloured fluid” on the night of December 3.

While Dr Brown’s response to Mrs Stefanyszyn’s symptoms until the third day was reasonable, it was the medical experts’ common ground that his approach to her subsequent care “was not only wrong, but inexplicable, given her deteriorating condition” that included continued faecal vomiting, Justice Schmidt found.

“Despite Mrs Stefanyszyn not recovering from the surgery as was expected and her deteriorating condition, the cause of her symptoms was not investigated, the blockage was not identified and surgical steps necessary to remove it were not taken, with her death the result,” Justice Schmidt found.

“The result was that the blockage was not identified or addressed; infection set in; she repeatedly vomited faecal material; she inhaled some of that material with resulting pneumonia; her electrolytic balance became disordered; her oxygen levels deteriorated; and finally, she suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.”

Justice Schmidt was highly critical of the hospital, its breaches of duty to Mrs Stefanyszyn which were “more extensive than it finally admitted”, the failure of its staff to record observations of Mrs Stefanyszyn on the three days before her death, and the hospital’s decision not to call evidence to address issues of its breaches.

Dr Brown’s “failure to give evidence in support of his own case and the hospital’s failure to call evidence in its, is that such evidence would not have assisted their respective cases”, Justice Schmidt found.

The hospital’s failures “did not give rise to a mere possibility of injury, but actually materially contributed to the death which resulted from both its failures and those of Dr Brown”, Justice Schmidt found.

The matter returns to court on Friday where Justice Schmidt will consider whether the hospital should face contempt proceedings over aspects of the court case.

Justice Schmidt noted the hospital, Mrs Stefanyszyn’s husband Walter and daughters Leigh and Megan had settled a compensation case.

In a notice in the Newcastle Herald on the second anniversary of his wife’s death Mr Stefanyszyn wrote: “I have lost my soul’s companion, a life linked with my own. Day by day I miss you more, as I walk through life alone. Forever Wal.”

Her daughters wrote: “What is home without a mother? All things this world may send, but when we lost our darling mother, we lost our dearest friend. Love Leigh and Megan.”

Newcastle Herald


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Monday, June 6th, 2016


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‘It Eats Cancer Cells’:Melanoma Treatment Explained for footballer Jarryd Roughead

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

footballer Jarryd Roughead's Melanoma Treatment image

Immunotherapy. Nope, we’d never heard of it either.

Radiotherapy and chemotherapy are two well known forms of cancer treatment. But immunotherapy? What exactly is that?

The Huffington Post Australia contacted Cancer Council Australia to learn more about the revolutionary treatment which Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead is set to undergo to tackle his melanoma.

We spoke to Cancer Council CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda, who explained that it’s a relatively new treatment which has been worked on for decades by both Australian and international experts. But only recently has it come into common usage.

“Generally immunotherapy is the use of medicines in a way that stimulates your own immune system to recognise and destroy cancer cells,” Aranda explained.

“Your immune system is killing off cells all the time that have the potential to become cancer. The immunotherapy drugs [of which there are two classes — and we don’t know which Roughead is taking] basically boost the immune response.

“They cause immune cells or T-cells — which are a particular a particular type of white blood cells — to attack the melanoma cells. They recognise a particular protein expressed by the cancer cell, and they attach to that and then basically gobble the cancer cells up.”

Aranda said there were some side effects, which could include fatigue, itching, skin rash pain in joints and sometimes diarrhoea.

“But not hair falling out and not quite so much vomiting and those kind of things,” she said.

Fan favourite Jarryd Roughead celebrates after winning the 2015 Grand Final. image

Fan favourite: Jarryd Roughead celebrates after winning the 2015 Grand Final.

Like any cancer treatment, there is no 100 percent certainty of success. But immunotherapy has been proven to work in many cases.

The treatment was in its infancy just seven years ago when AFL legend Jim Stynes was diagnosed with melanoma which metastasised to his brain. Aranda is well familiar with his case, and said he lived for three years thanks to immunotherapy, where most patients with his diagnosis would expect to live less than a year.

Seven years down the track, the fledgling field of immunotherapy has hugely advanced.

“In melanoma some of these drugs lead to complete remission,” Aranda said. “It’s important to understand that the state of of play regarding treating melanoma is changing on a daily basis. There’s been a sudden and dramatic shift.”

Aranda said further good news for Roughhead is that he is in the “very best place”, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, which is known to most people as just “Peter Mac”. Aranda described Peter Mac lead researcher Professor Grant McArthur as a “world leader” in the field.

Sanchia-Aranda & Jarryd's in a very good place image

Sanchia Aranda & Jarryd’s in a very good place.

Roughead would also have a fantastic nurse on his side, in Dr Donna Milne. Milne has a PhD in the field of cancer care, which is why she’s a nurse with a doctor in her title.

“She’s really smart,” Aranda said. “And she’s a Hawthorn supporter too.”


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