Monday, December 4, 2023

BC woman with cancer who was offered euthanasia, was successfully treated in the US.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Amy Judd and Kylie Stanton reported for Global News on November 27 that a BC woman who was diagnosed with abdominal cancer was offered MAiD (euthanasia) rather than treatment was successfully treated in the US.

The article begins by stating:

Allison Ducluzeau has just returned from a dream trip to Hawaii where she married the love of her life on the beach. But it was a wedding she couldn’t even imagine earlier this year.

The article explains that Ducluzeau started feeling abdominal pain around Thanksgiving 2022 (October 10). The pain persisted so Ducluzeau started seeking tests for her problem but she was told it would take weeks to get an appointment for an ultrasound and CT scan. The pain was so bad that in November she ended up in emergency. Judd and Stanton report:

“I didn’t get to sleep one night and I woke up my now husband and said, I think we better go to emergency. So we did. And when I was there, I got a CT scan or I was booked for one the next day and the results of the CT scan indicated it looked like it might be something called peritoneal carcinomatosis, which is abdominal cancer.”
The article explains that after two CT-guided biopsies that Ducluzeau was diagnosed as having Stage 4 peritoneal carcinomatosis and she was referred to the BC Cancer Agency. Her family doctor told her that 'with this type of cancer, they usually do a procedure called HIPEC, which involves delivering high doses of chemotherapy into the abdomen to kill the cancer cells.

The article states that a surgeon with BC Cancer told her that:
“Chemotherapy is not very effective with this type of cancer, ...It only works in about 50 per cent of the cases to slow it down. And you have a life span of what looks like to be two months to two years.
The Surgeon told her to talk to her family and get her affairs in order and asked her if she wanted medical assistance in dying (euthanasia).

Ducluzeau was floored by the news. She said it was the worst day of her life having to tell her kids and knowing that her mother had recently died. Instead Ducluzeau decided to everything she could to find treatment.

To move the story along, Ducluzeau found several places where she could receive treatment and she was successfully treated at the Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Centre in Baltimore.

Before going ahead with treatment 'she called BC Cancer to ask how long it might be to see the oncologist and was told it could be weeks, months, or longer, they had no idea.'

Ducluzeau is doing well now and thanks the team at Mercy Medical Center for their care. She told the reporters:
“I feel 100 per cent,” she said. “Some days even better. There is nothing that I did before I got sick that I can’t do now. I mean, I can ride my bike 15 kilometres and go have dinner with friends and ride home afterwards. I can golf 18 holes without feeling tired. I started running again and I haven’t run for 10 years.”

She said she was back at work a month after having her surgery. But the financial burden is still weighing heavily on her.
Ducluzeau is trying to get her medical bills paid by the BC Ministry of Health but she received a letter from the BC Cancer Agency stating:
“the services you chose to receive in the U.S. would not have been the recommended treatment for your cancer diagnosis.”
I guess euthanasia (MAiD) was the preferred treatment in BC because that is all Ducluzeau was actually offered.

Ducluzeau ended the article by stating she is trying to focus on married life and taking it day by day.
“I’m calling this my bonus round and I’m just trying to find joy in every day.”
There are a few take-aways from this story.
  1. For most Canadians it is not an option to go to Baltimore for treatment.
  2. Euthanasia (MAiD) was offered as the treatment of choice since she wasn't actually offered any other options.

More articles concerning similar issues:

  • BC government to build death center next to Catholic hospital (Link
  • Canada's MAiD program has gone "mad" (Link)
  • Health Canada reports 13,241 assisted deaths in 2022 (Link).
  • Canada: How death care has pushed out health care (Link).
  • Hospitals should not ask people to consider euthanasia (Link).
  • Canadian woman offered euthanasia as a "treatment option" during a mental health crisis (Link).
  • Afghanistan veteran slams Canadian government for euthanasia of veterans (Link). 
  • Research article: The reality of euthanasia in Canada (Link).


Janice said...

Canada doesn't need medical doctors, it needs veterinarians.
Humans are now as dispensable as family pets.

The government bill C-47 designed to ban natural health supplements needs to be stopped.

Good for this woman for assertively seeking another avenue and another country. It proves Canada is not interested in healing Canadians, just ignoring them.

Anonymous said...

I am living in France now and would like to return to Canada for personal reasons but I am afraid to go because of stories such as this one. Thanks .

Alex Schadenberg said...

Come back to Canada but make sure you get our Life Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care.

Ms. Boomer-ang said...

Ducluzeau's is the type of story needed! People leaving their country for medical treatment that does not include the intention to speed death. Needed are more stories like this. And needed are stories of people "beyond medical help," (or with certain disabilities or "too old") who leave their country in order to live without pressure to submit to death hastening ( and out of reach of warrents to get them killed against their will).

In the US, as long as some states still forbid MAID, leaving one's country can be replaced with leaving one's state.

The "other side" is full of stories about people being taken across international (or US state lines) to be killed. Why don't we use stories of the opposite: people crossing those borders to avoid being killed?

Ms. Boomer-ang said...

Concerning Mr. Schadenberg's December 8 comment: Are Life Protecting Power of Attorneys for Oersonsl Care respected by the Medical and legal establishment?

Is there an equivalent in the US?

2024 is going to be a nightmare. Country after country and in the US state after state will impose MAID. By the end of the year, over half of Europe and close to half of South America. My state, NY, with its state senate screaming for medical killings.

Are plans being made for discrete safe houses where people can live without pressure and coercion to submit to MAID?

Are not Spain and Canada racing to see which will proudly announce first that over half of its deaths are by MAID, only to be told by Holland and Belgium that it's been like that there for years?

Alex Schadenberg said...

The Life Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care is a legal document and it is respected. We have documents for US states also.