Sydney cancer patients given wrong drug dose

UP TO 70 cancer patients being treated at Sydney's prestigious St Vincent's Hospital have received significantly less than the recommended dose of a chemotherapy drug.

The under-dosage began in 2012, but it is only now that St Vincent's has begun to inform surviving patients and their families.

For three years, up to 70 patients suffering from head or neck cancer were all given the same incorrect, low dose of the drug carboplatin by one of the hospital's medical oncologists, Dr John Grygiel.

The drug's protocol was approved nearly a decade ago by the NSW Cancer Institute.

It recommends a variable dosage according to the patient's kidney test, age and sex.

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