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Suit Alleges Improper Cancer Care For Kids By UNM Hospital

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A newly filed lawsuit accuses the University of New Mexico Hospital of providing substandard care to child cancer patients several decades ago.

The proposed class-action suit filed Tuesday in state District Court in Albuquerque alleges that substandard care between 1977 and 1997 included patients receiving improper medications and treatments.

The suit was filed on behalf of a woman and her son who died in 1988 at age 19 of complications from leukemia, but it says a class of plaintiffs could cover up to 1,000 children and their families.

Hospital spokesman Billy Sparks told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1dW0c9s ) that hospital officials hadn’t been formally notified of the filing and hadn’t had a chance to read the suit.

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