VA Considering Adding Bladder Cancer To List Of Conditions Linked To Agent Orange
The agency is evaluating a report issued by scientists last month that suggests a link between the toxic herbicide and the cancer. In other news, an advocacy group files an ethics complaint against the VA Portland Health Care System.
Vietnam Vets Push VA To Link Bladder Cancer To Agent Orange
Alan Eller has spent more than a decade trying to convince the Department of Veterans Affairs that his bladder cancer was the result of exposure to Agent Orange almost 50 years ago in Vietnam. The Army vet has filed three claims with the agency, most recently in 2014, since a doctor told him the cancer was likely tied to the toxic herbicide. (Hixenbaugh, 4/27)
Consumer Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Portland VA
A consumer advocacy group has filed an ethics complaint against the VA Portland Health Care System over a clinical trial involving kidney transplants. Public Citizen accused the Portland medical center and the University of California, San Francisco of violating the rights of kidney recipients by enrolling them in the study without their consent. The study was led by Dr. Darren Malinoski of the Portland VA and the university's Dr. Claus Niemann. (Terry, 4/26)