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Cancer doctor sentenced to 45 years

Pittsburgh residents enjoy access to phenomenal medical care. Most patients receive accurate diagnosis and accurate treatment. But, a troubling story has emerged from a nearby state where a doctor has been convicted of failing to diagnose cancer in his patients among other egregious actions.

The cancer doctor was sentenced this past Friday to 45 years in prison for Medicare fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to pay or receive kickbacks. The doctor had over 500 patients who received unnecessary cancer treatments. The doctor would tell patients they had cancer and then treat them for it, even though they did not. He would also over treat his patients that actually had cancer.

One patient who had testicular cancer had 40 days of chemotherapy, hydration therapy and many other treatments. It was later discovered that he had more treatments than was necessary, including losing one of his testicles. Another patient claimed that he was given chemotherapy treatment for cancer that he did not have. The chemotherapy was so strong that all but one of his teeth fell out. He now has so many medical bills that he cannot afford to have teeth put back in.

It is disheartening to learn that there are doctors out there who value money more than their patient's health. It is important that patients who believe they have misdiagnosed cancer or a negligent physician speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review the medical records, collaborate with experts and help hold the medical professional accountable for his negligence. In a successful lawsuit, a patient may receive compensation for their unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Most physicians follow the Hippocratic Oath and offer their patients exceptional care. But, occasionally, there are negligent doctors whose mistakes and bad judgement lead to their patient's having a worsened condition.

Source: CNN, "Patients give horror stories as cancer doctor gets 45 years," Sonia Moghe, July 11, 2015

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