Report: Thyroid cancer radiation a public threat


March 19, 2010

USA Today

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission rule allowing hospitals to discharge radioactive thyroid cancer patients to their homes and hotels poses a public health threat, a congressional report says today.

The report, released by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, which oversees the commission, also found that insurers routinely use the rule to deny hospital care even to patients whom doctors say may pose a radiation risk to others. Patients are often discharged to recover in self-imposed isolation... read more