Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Radiation therapy mistakes cost lives

jmtpi (17834) writes | more than 4 years ago

Medicine 1

jmtpi (17834) writes "The NYTimes has an investigative report about how powerful medical linear accelerators have contributed to at least two deaths in the New York area. Although the mistakes were largely due to human error, buggy software also played a role. Has anything improved since the Therac debacle of the 1980s? Or have things gotten worse?"
Link to Original Source

cancel ×

1 comment

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

They know not what they do... (1)

kaaona (252061) | more than 4 years ago | (#30879502)

In 1973 my grandmother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The chemotherapies we have today were unknown back then. Following surgery to remove the visible parts of the cancer she was subjected to cobalt radiation therapy to kill or suppress the rest. I was away at college during her treatment, but at my grandmother's funeral I remember my mother bitterly saying through her tears that it wasn't the cancer that killed her but the radiation "treatments".

Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?