Friday, July 18, 2014

Veterans waiting longer for cancer care, researchers say

On August 8, 2012, a pathology report found that a growth on Mitchell's neck was "concerning" for cancer. The recommendation: "total excision," meaning surgical removal.

But Mitchell's tumor wasn't removed until October 22, more than 2½ months later.

Ten months after that, Mitchell was dead. He was 63.

The VA Medical Center in Dallas tells CNN that Mitchell's 75-day wait to have the cancer taken out of his body "meets the standard of care" at the VA.

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