Doctor accused of giving healthy patients chemo

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DETROIT (AP) – An expert who looked at the files of 100 patients of a Detroit-area cancer doctor says the records are “disturbing.”

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 an 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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