says it's tough when he
has to change their chemotherapy because of a shortage of certain drugs.
It's a situation that isn't likely to be resolved anytime soon.
Day after day at the San Diego Cancer Center in Vista, nurse practitioner Scott Shuford takes care of people who are fighting to stay alive.
thinks the last thing they need is someone with a grave attitude.
So when he
visits with his
tries to keep things light.
"So tell me," Shuford
said to a woman in treatment, "what's it like walking around having a plastic tube hanging out your side?
"It's a mild inconvenience," she
"Ha! It's mild inconvenience..." Shuford
patients a little bit of chemotherapy, and a lot of love.
But lately, that little bit of chemotherapy has been hard to come by.
That's because there's a growing shortage of chemotherapy drugs.
"This problem has just gotten more and more pronounced," Shuford
said, "because we're spending more and more time looking for drugs all over the country, and using different outside vendors, and hoping we're gonna have enough to keep people on cycle."
Chemotherapy is usually given in cycles.
For the treatment to be effective, certain drugs are given at certain times.
"When you can't get a particular drug," Shuford
said, "you have to consider going with a completely different regimen, or jury-rigging another regimen, which is not in the patient's best interest."
Nurse practitioner Scott Shuford said it's just not right.
"Patients with cancer are facing uncertainty in their futures; is this gonna work, is this gonna be effective.
They shouldn't be worried about whether or not we're gonna have the medication to treat them," Shuford