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Possible prostate case error at University of Pennsylvania hospital

Philadelphia Inquirer, March 4, 2010

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania reported a possible radiation error involving the treatment of a man for prostate cancer. On Jan. 21, the patient underwent a prostate brachytherapy procedure to implant 65 radioactive seeds to kill cancer cells in the acorn-size gland. But when he returned for a follow-up scan Feb. 23, Penn doctors saw that the seeds were "outside the intended target." Penn has said it has a very small prostate brachytherapy program, and it's unclear how many patients the program has treated, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.