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ID:

537

Date:

2009-11-15

Headline:

VA clinic troubles bring few penalties

Reporter's name:

Josh Goldstein

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Philadelphia Inquirer

City:

Philadelphia, PA

Summary:

New rules were insufficient to prevent multiple flagrant errors in prostate cancer treatments at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center between 2002-2008, leading most patients to receive flawed doses. For example, VA records showed one veteran received a dose of potentially life-saving radioactive seeds - but mostly outside his prostate. And the Nuclear Regulatory Commission turned a blind eye, even declining to identify a misdirected procedure as problematic, because the oncologist simply changed the description of the treatment plan afterwards to ignore the errant seeds.

Keywords:

prostate cancer, radioactive seeds, brachytherapy, Veterans Affairs, VA, treatment, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NRC

Impact:

The NRC eventually fined the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (see "NRC fines Phila. VA $227,500 over prostate care", 3/18/10, http://www.philly.com/philly/health_and_science/88337292.html) and took a closer look at the treatment program at multiple other hospitals (see "NRC finds apparent violations at 13 VA hospitals", 5/26/10, http://www.philly.com/philly/health_and_science/94901054.html).

URL:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/70126782.html?viewAll=y


Agencies:

NRC
VA

States:

PA

Categories:

health care
technology
veteran


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