Posted On: July 8, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Pa. Doctor in VA Cancer Treatment Probe Testifies

Dr. Gary Kao, an oncologist blamed for botching cancer treatments at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, said he is not the type of physician he’s been portrayed to be. According to this article on Kao testified on June 29 at a congressional hearing at the medical center in Philadelphia. Kao says the treatment, which involves implanting radioactive seeds in the prostate, “was and still is an evolving field.”

According to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report, 92 veterans received incorrect radiation doses at the hospital over a three-year period. The NRC is investigating the cases of medical malpractice in Philadelphia.

Although, Kao said he never falsified results or covered up mistakes, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter called the hearing after learning of the treatment problems. Specter himself is a cancer survivor.

When patients, such has the VA hospital cancer patients, have been treated with substandard care by a doctor or healthcare provider and in turn suffer an injury or disability as a result, the patient has been the victim of medical malpractice.

Misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, surgical errors, prescription drug errors, birth injuries, failure to treat diseases, delay in treatment, and negligence are just a few examples of medical malpractice. People of all ages are at risk for medical malpractice, including children, adults, and the elderly.

Medical malpractice is a distressing situation, and the skilled Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano, LLP, will make the process as simple as possible for you. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, please contact Cherry, Fieger, and Marciano, LLP today for a free consultation.