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Expert testifies against cancer doc at sentencing hearing

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An expert who looked at the files of 100 patients of a Detroit-area cancer doctor says the records are "disturbing."

“The testimony of the many victims who appeared this morning in a Federal Court was gripping. It brought some much needed light to the magnitude of the suffering experienced by Fata’s victims. For each and every one of Fata’s blatant acts of medical malpractice, a chain reaction of destruction and harm followed. His malpractice adversely affected not only the patients but their families as well. Bear in mind that those who cam forward and were allowed to testify represent only the tip of the iceberg. One question was asked over and over, ‘How was Dr. Fata allowed to get away with this?’ In the pending civil litigation we hope to answer that question and hold accountable everyone who played a role in this epidemic of medical malpractice,” said Brian McKeen, managing partner of McKeen & Associates, who is representing several of Dr. Fata's victims.

Dr. David Steensma of Harvard medical school says some patients received hundreds of unnecessary chemotherapy treatments. He's testifying for the government Wednesday, the third day of a sentencing hearing for Dr. Farid Fata.

Fata is the Oakland County oncologist accused of widespread health care fraud. He pleaded guilty last fall and could get his sentence Thursday or Friday.

About two dozen people spoke in court Tuesday, telling emotional stories of debilitating treatments that weren't needed. Some didn't even have cancer.

Greg Anderson of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan talked about the insurance company's losses. He also choked up because he's a cancer survivor.

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