Delay in cancer treatment

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A CANCER patient’s chemotherapy treatment had to be delayed because of a medication shortage.

 The incident happened when Sunderland Royal Hospital ran out of one of the drugs it uses, because of a “manufacturing supply problem.”

 It happened on Friday, and could not be resolved until yesterday.

 A spokesman for City Hospitals said: “We had been unable to obtain this drug from our normal supplier, or, as would usually be the case in such circumstances, obtain it from another local hospital.

 “Supply problems of an individual drug such as this are fortunately extremely rare.

 “The delay with this specific drug related to only one patient.”