Steroid psychosis - one avenue of avoidance?

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Steroid psychosis - one avenue of avoidance?

by mysids on Tue May 28, 2013 06:05 PM

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My beloved wife recently passed away from metasized lung cancer.    We first got a consultation after the fact from Duke University which give us significant hope.   But before we could go back while recieving chemo and radiation treatments from the local doctors, my wife became psychotic from the steroid medicine used to control the growth of cancer.    Prior to this event, my wife was told by her chemotherapists that she would endure chemobrain, short for being forgetful.   It was noted that the doctor strongly involved the family that my wife not be allowed to drive during this time.   It was also clearly noted that the doctors FAILED to advise her family of the chemobrain condition.  Just before she became psychotic, I had caught her taking the wrong medicines at the wrong times.  That included steroid prescriptions.   After ER admissions, they quickly withdrew her off the steroids and she recovered a couple of weeks later.  However, taking her off the steroids quickly allowed the cancer to spread and it finally killed her.  

My question here is why is the doctors failed to include family medical prescription adminstration assistance and guidance during chemotheraphy and chemobrain conditons?   Why is this practice not standardized by the medical professions?   Would family assistance have made a difference in the treatment progress of cancer?  It is maddening to know that if such a practice was standardized, my wife would have survived longer and fulfilled the Duke doctors predictions of having years of survival and quality time with her family.   

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