The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently issued a fine to VA – the second-largest fine it has ever levied against a medical institution – because of radiation errors that occurred in treating prostate cancer patients at the Philadelphia VAMC from 2002 to 2008. Federal investigators concluded that significant errors were made in 97 of the 116 brachytherapy procedures performed during this time period. Some patients were given too small of a dose while others were given too much radiation to adjoining tissues and organs. The commission asserts that VA has been unwilling to fully acknowledge the errors made. VA has 30 days to pay or challenge the fine.
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