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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: It turned out to be a questionable move when the Philadelphia Veterans Association Medical Center decided in the late 1990s to start providing a popular prostate cancer therapy, and turned to its longtime, distinguished partner in medicine – the University of Pennsylvania. READ MORE>

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AUGUST 5: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER:  CyberKnife radiosurgery – which uses narrow beams of radiation to kill several types of cancer – is marketed as a less invasive, more convenient way to treat prostate cancer, a pitch that has proved convincing for about 3000 men over the last six years. But some prostate-cancer experts have reservations. READ MORE>

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AUGUST 4: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: The debate about expensive new treatments for prostate cancer pits doctor against doctor and raises tough questions about when insurance should pay for promising techniques, especially when technology is a key driver of rising costs. READ MORE>

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JULY 20: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: The computer workstation with software used to calculate post-implant dosages for brachytherapy treatment at Philadelphia’s Veterans Hospital was unplugged from the hospital’s network for a year, an inquiry into the hospital’s cancer treatment scandal has heard. READ MORE>

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JULY 6: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Is Gary Kao a renegade physician, or a sacrificial lamb – or maybe just a doctor who was allowed to get in over his head? Kao is the only person whom officials have identified in the unfolding scandal over substandard radioactive seed implants at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. READ MORE>

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JUNE 24: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: The unfolding US scandal of 92 botched brachytherapy procedures has prompted Senator Arlen Specter (Democrat, Philadephia) to say he will hold a hearing on the matter next Monday. READ MORE>

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