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Can You Believe an Oncologist When He Says You Need Chemotherapy?

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) The scariest part of cancer is the treatments which have become the standard of care. In fact, many people who have been diagnosed with cancer during routine screenings feel just fine until they begin surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Of these three, chemotherapy is the worst because in addition to vomiting and hair loss, chemo destroys organ function and leads to more dangerous cancer bred from stem cells. So we have come to think that any doctor prescribing chemotherapy to a patient would do so only with great care and as a last resort. However the sentencing this month of oncologist Dr. Farid Fata has shattered that illusion.

Fata, who is also a hematologist, has admitted that he purposefully misdiagnosed patients as having cancer when in fact they did not, so that he could administer chemotherapy and other treatments to them and collect money for it. According to NBC news, the estimated number of needless injections and infusions he perpetrated on his patients was a whopping 9000.

The most egregious conflict of interest takes place in the oncologist’s offices

For many years oncologists have been buying chemotherapy drugs wholesale and selling them at retail to their patients, right in their offices. At first this added to their incomes only modestly. However in the 1980s and 1990s, the increase in new and astronomically expensive chemo drugs made it a very lucrative practice. Today, the chemo costs can run in excess of $10,000 a month for a single patient. If the doctor has a thriving practice, the take can be substantial. And if patients who do not have cancer are told that they do and sold chemotherapy drugs by their doctor, the profits to that doctor can truly be a windfall.

Private insurers have little choice but to pay up for what a doctor prescribes. The result is fatter pockets for doctors and higher premiums for anyone paying for insurance. The medium compensation for oncologists in 2011 was $430,695 according to the Medical Group Management Association.

The fact that oncologists sell chemo drugs at a profit directly to their patients leads to the prescribing of the most costly medications available, regardless of medical need. “The more expensive the drug, the more profit you make,” reported Dr. Peter Bach, director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to National Journal. “We created this problem,” he said.

Doctors in almost every other specialty write prescriptions, hand them to their patients, and tell them to get it filled at a drugstore. This method avoids conflicts of interest.


As for Fata, he just received a sentence of 45 years in prison for the fraudulent behavior of selling chemo to patients who didn’t need it. His total scamming of Medicare and private insurance companies amounted to more than $34 million in false claims.

Fata was arrested after three years of investigation that culminated with another cancer center becoming suspicious about his excessive use of the most aggressive and expensive chemo drugs. He pled guilty to 13 counts of healthcare fraud which included accepting kickbacks, and money laundering.

Fata’s practice was neither small nor atypical. He was the head of Michigan Hematology Oncology, one of the state’s largest private cancer networks. One of his nurses who blew the whistle on him said he was able treat up to a dozen patients with chemo at any given time.

This means that any cancer diagnosis is suspect, and makes learning how to protect yourself from cancer and treat it naturally even more important than ever.

See also:

Does Chemo & Radiation Actually Make Cancer More Malignant?

Chemo Does Not Cure: Often It Inflicts Damage and Spreads Cancer

Chemo targets cancer cells which were already dying - new study

The Best Years in Life Cancer Alternatives Resource Page

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About the Author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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