Monday, June 22, 2009
Published reports say a Veterans Administration hospital in Philadelphia is under investigation for mistakes in a common surgical procedure for prostate cancer.
The treatment involved using radiation to treat prostate cancer by implanting radioactive seeds.
The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer report that during a six-year period, a hospital team botched the procedure 92 times. The Times says there were 116 procedures while the Inquirer put the number at 114.
The papers say the hospital continued to use the treatment for a year even though monitoring equipment was broken.
The medical center suspended its prostate cancer treatment program as a result of the ongoing investigation.
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission team will be at the hospital this week to investigate further.