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   Posted 12/29/2010 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Radiation miscalculations.

Look carefully at radiation sites for dosage controls.

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   Posted 12/29/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess the problems referred to in this article may end up before a judge, so I will be careful how I respond, but it looks to me like a massive case of poor design, inadequate testing of the equipment, software etc and inadequate training of the operators. To say nothing of the lack of supervision by the authorities.

I feel very sorry for the patients and their families where it has gone so badly wrong.

I hope the old style general RT that I was given was done properly . I do at least recall that they were very careful when something jammed during one of my sessions and went through a large number of checks before continuing.

But it's still a case of our lives in their hands.

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   Posted 12/29/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting article. Many of the comments were interesting, as well. It seems like there is a bit of blame to go around, but the bulk of it seems to lie with Varian as far as I can tell.

Makes me want to print it and send it with my husband as he goes to radiation tomorrow. He isn't using the Varian equipment, but it still seems to be a worthwhile read for all the radiation techs, dosimetrists and the oncologist.

We can only do what we can do. Then, somehow, we just have to trust.


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   Posted 12/29/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Considering what I went through with my Salvage Radiation: feeling burned on the 4th of 39 treatments, almost daily alignment problems despite having GPS, 2 Snap X-rays, and a body cast. And then to end up with a year on a suprapubic catheter in severe pain, as my bladder and bladder neck were essentialy fried by the radiation, and now the bladder has been by-passed forever leaving me with an urostomy for life. Yeah, I'm a big fan of radiation. Two times in 10 years, and both times a living hell for my body and I.

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