February 15, 2010 |
It's hard not to be shaken by recent reports of medical errors involving CAT scans and radiation therapy. Last month, The Inquirer reported that the Philadelphia VA Medical Center had acknowledged that its prostate cancer program violated federal radiation rules and is facing more than 30 claims of treatment mistakes. And the New York Times recently published a series of articles detailing the gruesome outcomes of medical radiation errors. While we can assume that the intent of these and other media reports is to call attention to safety lapses, it would be tragic if they led patients to fear needed diagnostic testing and radiation therapy.
January 31, 2016
Three experts from Fox Chase Cancer Center's Department of Radiation Oncology answer frequently asked questions about radiation therapy. Q: What is the goal of radiation therapy with respect to treating cancer? A: For most patients, the goal is to get rid of the cancer completely and, hopefully, prevent it from returning. But for those whose cancer has spread, radiation may be used palliatively, to make symptoms better and improve quality of life, knowing that we likely will not cure the cancer.
July 3, 2010 |
Over the last year, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center has taken most of the public heat for a prostate-cancer-treatment program that went astray for six years, giving incorrect radiation doses to 97 out of 114 veterans. Now, the University of Pennsylvania - which designed, staffed, and supervised the radiation program - is feeling the pressure. Five veterans who received substandard therapy have filed federal lawsuits against various university entities, including its hospital and health system.
July 17, 2000 |
Higher doses of radiation therapy improve survival rates for men with the most aggressive types of prostate cancer, according to a study in the current Journal of Clinical Oncology. The research is evidence that radiation therapy is better than nothing, something that has not been proven, said Richard Valicenti, assistant professor of radiation oncology at Jefferson Medical College and lead author of the study. Because prostate cancer often grows slowly, doctors have wondered whether treatment is helpful in older men, who could die of something else before the cancer kills them.
January 22, 2001 |
Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center is planning a $6.3 million cancer center that will offer three levels of cancer treatment and a resource room for patients and families. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot center is set to open in June. It will be in the main hospital building off Huntingdon Pike but will have a separate entrance and a 14-space parking lot. "We are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the coming revolution in cancer care and offer our patients cutting-edge technologies through clinical trials that otherwise wouldn't be available for several years," said Peter Pickens, a medical oncologist at Holy Redeemer.
February 4, 2001 |
Phoenixville Hospital has announced plans to expand its cancer center this spring with the latest generation of treatment equipment, more treatment options, and a full range of support services. At the center, cancer patients and their families will have access to all the services they need, officials said. "There are not many places where that is done," said oncologist Christopher Holroyde, medical director of Phoenixville Hospital's Cancer Center. "But it has always been my principle that this is the best way to do it. " Key to the expansion is the hospital's purchase of a linear accelerator, which delivers intense, precisely targeted doses of radiation without harming the surrounding healthy tissues.
March 12, 1994 |
Tests revealed no spread of cancer that was found in John Kruk's right testicle when it was removed Tuesday night, and though that is welcome news for all concerned, a few twists and turns remain in this story. Even as Kruk wisecracked his way through another media session at a nearly deserted Jack Russell Stadium yesterday, the Phillies were taking the field at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg for an exhibition game against the Cardinals. Playing first base: Mariano Duncan.
July 30, 1994 |
John Kruk had convinced himself that no matter what the diagnosis, he would not submit to any more radiation treatments. "I wasn't going to go through that again," Kruk said yesterday, after returning from Philadelphia, where he'd learned that the lumps he'd discovered in his body earlier in the week were not cancerous. "I would have let it take its course and died," said the Phillies first baseman, who underwent radiation treatments for testicular cancer last spring. "That was awful," he said.
September 3, 1989 |
Eileen McCullough, 60, founder of the Philadelphia School of Radiation Therapy, the first school to teach X-ray technologists to perform radiation therapy, died Friday at Lankenau Hospital in Lower Merion Township. At the time of her death, Ms. McCullough was director of the radiation therapy technology program at Gwynedd-Mercy College. Ms. McCullough was born in Atlantic City, and her family moved to Southwest Philadelphia shortly after she was born. She spent the rest of her life in Philadelphia.
January 28, 1990 |
An advertisement in an Irish newspaper that offered a scholarship to study radiation therapy in the United States caught the eye of Samantha Kelly, a 19- year-old native of Bandon, Ireland. The fact that she would have to spend three years miles from home didn't deter her. "I don't think there would have been much future for me at home," Kelly said. "It's very difficult to get into radiation therapy in Ireland. " So Kelly applied and became one of three Irish students who have received scholarships to study radiation therapy at Gwynedd Mercy College.