Date:Published online Aug. 23, 2014. Printed Aug. 24, 2014. Follow up stories were published online/ in print on Dec. 6/7, 2014, and Dec. 21/22, 2014.
One patient was treated for more than four years as having lymphoma when the patient didn't have cancer. An 83-year-old was given an antibody drug almost continuously for eight years when the diagnosis of active lymphoma was “a fantasy.” And another patient who had metastatic ovarian cancer was to be treated with her ninth different chemotherapy regimen after eight others had failed. These are just a few of the findings of internal audits and case reviews conducted for the Hutchinson Clinic over oncologist Mark Fesen's practice in 2010 and 2011. At one point, the auditor described the doctor's methods as “Treat, treat and treat some more.” After the audits were completed, the doctor quietly left the clinic he'd been at for nearly 20 years for a new practice in a new city. But a year-long investigation by The Wichita Eagle helped tell patients what they otherwise would have never known about the doctor.