Cremated cancer patient contaminated Arizona crematorium with radioactive contagion | The Independent
A new study determined that a cremated man, who was treated for cancer shortly before his death, is the source of radioactive contamination at an Arizona crematorium.
Although medical professionals have always acknowledged possible risks associated with cremating cancer patients who underwent radiation therapy, or were treated with “radiopharmaceuticals,” it has rare for a crematorium to have been tested positive for radioactive contamination.
The Mayo Clinic’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology in Phoenix, Arizona looked into a case study involving a 69-year-old male cancer patient who received intravenous radioactive treatment, lutetium-177 dotatate, last year for an uncommon tumour located in his pancreas. Two days after the patient began treatment, he started feeling more ill, checked into a hospital—separate from where he was receiving radiation therapy—and suddenly died.