I saw a short story about
this in our local newspaper today and have to say I am stunned to read that this Doc may be allowed to perform seeding again if he gets more training and that no mention was made of what happened to the almost 100 men whose treatment he botched. Presumably Dr. Kao had training prior to all these procedures, no? What makes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission think that more training will make the man competent?Doctor Punished For Nearly 100 Prostate Surgeries Performed Incorrectly on VeteransDr. Gary Kao, of the Philadephia VA Medical Center, has been sanctioned after botching 91 prostate surgeries.
The doctor has been barred from doing any Veteran's Administration activities without first obtaining more education. The affected patients were found to have doses of radiation that were well below therapeutic because Dr. Kao inserted the radioactive seeds in the wrong place.
Instead of inserting the radioactive seeds in the prostate gland, where the radiation would have worked as a treatment for prostate cancer, he was found to have inserted them in surrounding tissue and organs. Not only would this not be effective for treating prostate cancer, but the seeds could cause significant damage to the organs and tissues where they were inserted.surgery.about.com/b/2011/02/24/doctor-punished-for-nearly-100-prostate-surgeries-performed-incorrectly-on-veterans-dr-gary-kao.htm
Excerpts from another article:....The errors in the common cancer treatment involved misplacing iodine tablets meant to be inserted into the prostate.
This is the latest sanction from the NRC, which oversees all civilian use of nuclear materials, in what it called a "widespread programmatic breakdown" at the hospital.
Between 2002 and 2008, the commission found 97 of the 116 brachytherapy procedures performed on prostate cancer patients were done incorrectly. Of those, 91 were performed by Kao.
“That percentage of mistakes, and having gone for six years without recognizing or reporting (them), is unprecedented,” NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng said.
In 2008, the VA hospital suspended its brachytherapy program. Last year, it was fined more than $200,000 for failing to catch and report the errors.....
Kao is now a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. In a statement, he said he accepts the ruling and is glad the investigation is over. A University of Pennsylvania representative said the doctor does not have any clinical responsibilities and the NRC order does not affect his job.
The NRC said Kao could be allowed to perform radiation therapies again if he receives further training. In a separate order, the NRC also required a medical physicist involved in many of the cases, Gregory Desobry, to notify the agency if he engages in any activities it regulates.www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/13833-doc
Husband DX @ 64; 7.5 year survivor colon cancer; father had PCa @ age 65
04/09 - PSA 3.06
10/09 - PSA 1.55
04/10 - PSA 4.26
Biopsy 7/10 Gleason 7; 3+4 & 4+3 - 6 of 10 cores
RRP - 10/1/10; Gleason 3+4; 20%; pT2c; contained, clear margins
Post surgery PSA - 11/10 = <0.06