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Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:52

Hundreds meet to discuss care by Michigan cancer doctor

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of people turned out for a meeting to share stories and get legal advice after a Detroit-area cancer specialist was charged with fraud. The crowd Wednesday night included Dr. Farid Fata's patients and relatives of former patients. A grand jury indicted Fata last week, accusing him of billing Medicare for cancer treatments that weren't necessary. Burns Berryman of Rochester Hills says he was treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He says Fata told him he was cured but was advised to take pills for two additional years. Berryman says, "This ain't right." Attorney Brian McKeen advised people to move fast if they want to file a lawsuit, noting there are strict deadlines to sue for medical malpractice in Michigan. Fata has denied wrongdoing through his attorney. He owns Michigan Hematology Oncology, which has an office in Lapeer.