WRAL Investigates

State denies UNC appeal, awards cancer center to Cary group

Posted October 13, 2010 3:16 p.m. EDT

WRAL Investigates

— State regulators on Tuesday approved Cary Urology's application to open a prostate cancer treatment center in southeast Raleigh, turning aside complaints from UNC Health Care.

Dr. Kevin Khoudary and Cary Urology want the center to be easily accessible to a large population of black men, noting that a quarter of black men in North Carolina are diagnosed with prostate cancer and that blacks are three times as likely to die from the disease as whites.

UNC Health Care has opposed the center, calling a single-organ cancer effort unnecessary, and filed a competing application for the state-required Certificate of Need.

WRAL Investigates outlined the dispute last month, noting that state regulators initially picked the Cary Urology application a year ago. UNC appealed the decision to the state Office of Administrative Hearings, but a judge ruled in July  against UNC, saying the health system's primary focus was competition.

The Department of Health and Human Services gave Cary Urology the go-ahead Tuesday to proceed with its $10 million center, but Khoudary said UNC could continue to appeal the matter in court and delay the center further.