Cancer-stricken dad who had life-saving surgery by Dr Charlie Teo fears he could DIE after being refused radiotherapy because of COVID-19 restrictions
- Father is unable to get cancer treatment because of coronavirus restriction
- Adam Carlyon flew to Sydney for surgery from well-known Dr Charlie Teo
- He flew back to Perth where he was advised to begin radiotherapy immediately
- Though interstate restrictions force travellers to self-isolate for 14-days
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
A father says he has been refused crucial treatment for his terminal brain tumour because of mandatory quarantine rules for interstate travellers.
Perth man Adam Carlyon flew to Sydney for surgery by well-known brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo.
He was told it was crucial to commence radiotherapy as soon as he returned to Perth to begin the next step of his treatment, 9 News reported.
A father (pictured, Adam Carlyon) says he has been refused crucial treatment for his terminal brain tumour because of mandatory quarantine rules for interstate travellers
Perth man Adam Carlyon flew to Sydney for surgery from well-known brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo
However Mr Carlyon has now been placed into mandatory two-week isolation at his home because of coronavirus restrictions – even though he has already been tested for the deadly virus.
The devastated dad says that every day that goes by without treatment reduces his chances of survival.
‘Each day that ticks away I see a five per cent chance of survival turning to four, turning to three, turning to two,’ he said.
‘It’s the most stress I’ve had in my life and in particular because of the kids.’
Mr Carlyon’s brain tumour was diagnosed after he had a seizure and doctors told him he was unlikely to see another Christmas.
‘My goals are short at the moment; Christmas, a snowboarding holiday next year with my family,’ Mr Carlyon said.
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital said in a statement it was common protocol to wait three weeks after surgery to commence treatment.
This window would allow post-surgery healing.
Dr Charlie Teo (pictured) was told it was crucial to commence radiotherapy as soon as he returned to Perth in the next step to treat the cancer