Radiation Errors Investigated at Coborn Cancer Center
ST. CLOUD (AP) — An internal investigation has found that some patients at the CentraCare Health Coborn Cancer Center received improper doses of radiation, leading to discipline and firings of some employees.
CentraCare President and CEO Ken Holmen says the errors affected a small group of patients. He wouldn't give a number but says they've all been contacted. He also would not say how many employees have been disciplined or fired.
He says most of the affected patients didn't get enough radiation, meaning a small increase in the chance of a recurrence of their cancer.
But some received doses that caused serious complications. Seventy-Nine-year-old Betty Zollner, of Paynesville, suffered partial paralysis after the radiation damaged a healthy section of spine near her tumor.