Cancer doctor Farid Fata apologizes as he is sentenced to prison

A once-prominent metro Detroit physician sentenced to federal prison for making millions of dollars giving unnecessary treatments.

Source: Cancer doctor Farid Fata apologizes as he is sentenced to prison

This is a horribly egregious case where a Michigan oncologist prescribed chemotherapy for over 550 patients who didn’t have cancer  and fraudulently earned $17 million while doing so. His punishment was 45 years in federal prison, effectively handing the 50 year old man a life sentence. A term during which in which some people would be tempted to hope that he dies of cancer.

This case is a powerful example of how much trust patients place in their doctors. The very great majority of doctors are worthy of patient trust but doctors can be fallible. It is possible to simultaneously trust a doctor and to also seek additional input from other doctors.

It is important for any patient diagnosed with a serious disease to seek additional opinions from other doctors. If the victims had sought second and third opinions from doctors unaffiliated with Fata, they would have found that they did not have cancer.