VA cancer probe finds 6 more botched cases

updated 10:40 a.m. ET, Tues., Aug 18, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – Six more cases have been found of cancer patients being given incorrect radiation doses at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia.  The errors happened in a common surgical procedure to treat prostate cancer.  That brings the total to 98 veterans who were given incorrect radiation doses over a six-year period at the hospital.    The program had treated 114 cancer patients before it was halted when the problem surfaced in 2008.   The cases involved brachytherapy, in which implanted radioactive metal seeds are used to kill cancer cells. Most veterans got far less than the prescribed dose while others received too much.   The newly reported cases have been forwarded to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from The Department of Veterans Affairs.


One Response to “VA cancer probe finds 6 more botched cases”

  1. scotteallen Says:

    I commented on this as well. I can’t even believe this happened. The fact the letters were sent improperly is tragic, but sending letters instead of personal contact is pathetic.

    Someone needs to resign!

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