Surgery was unnecessary for elderly cancer patient, College of Physicians told

The disciplinary hearings for a doctor accused of unnecessarily operating on an elderly cancer patient continued today.

The College of Physicians is hearing arguments regarding the series of events leading up to the death of 83-year-old Ivan Todorov, who died in 2010 following an operation performed by Dr Peter Metrakos.

Todorov's daughter Dolia Todorov is suing several doctors at the Lakeshore and Royal Victoria hospitals, and blames Metrakos for carrying out a dangerous and ultimately fatal surgery.

After a long back-and-forth this morning regarding the expertise and credentials of an oncologist expert scheduled to testify at the hearing, the administrative panel finally heard Dr. Eric Poirier's assessment.

He cited medical studies that concluded that patients in Ivan Todorov's condition would not benefit from surgery, and that only chemotherapy could extend his life - without curing him of the cancer that would, eventually, kill him.

Dolia Todorov, who is attending the hearings, says Metrakos told her that the surgery would be "a piece of cake." 

But she feels that it contributed to her father's premature death three months after the operation.

"I do believe that he would have been having a really good end of life at a reasonable age," she said. "But obviously, it didn't happen."

The hearings will continue into next week.

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