Nagourney Cancer Institute

Real results. Real hope.  For over 20 years.

You deserve the right cancer treatment, every time.

Your cancer is as unique as your fingerprint.  Drugs that work for one patient may not work for another, even if both patients carry exactly the same diagnosis.


We offer testing that measures how  your cancer cells will respond to drugs BEFORE you receive them.  This testing helps select the most effective and least toxic drug regimen for your cancer.

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Powerful Testing for Cancer Treatment Selection - Developed by a Cancer Research Pioneer

Dr. Robert Nagourney is an internationally recognized pioneer in cancer research and personalized cancer treatment.

He is the founder and medical director of Nagourney Cancer Institute (formerly Rational Therapeutics), Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, practicing oncologist triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, and author of the book, Outliving Cancer.

With more than 20 years experience in human tumor primary culture analyses, Dr. Nagourney has AUTHORED more than 100 manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts including publications in the JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY and THE JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE. 

Over the past 20+ years, Dr. Nagourney and his team here at the Nagourney Cancer Institute have developed a laboratory technique, functional profiling, that measures how cancer cells respond when they are exposed to a wide variety of drugs and drug combinations.  

Put simply, functional profiling is a real-time measure of which drugs cause your cancer cells to die, through a process called programmed cell death.  By using this approach, we try to determine in the laboratory the best drugs for each patient before they receive them.

This helps us select the most effective and least toxic drug regimen for your cancer.

Call us at 800-542-4357 to discuss your particular situation.  You can also contact us via email HERE.

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Dr. Robert Nagourney

Dr. Nagourney Featured on TEDx Talk

Among his research accomplishments, Dr. Nagourney is recognized for his work in the introduction of Cisplatin/Gemcitabine doublets (two drugs given together) in the treatment of advanced ovarian and breast cancers.

Watch as Dr. Nagourney shares his unique insight into cancer, cancer research, and his treatment philosophy in this engaging TEDx Talk. 


 Your Cancer Cells Hold the Key

To find the most effective treatment for you, living tumor cells are collected during biopsy or surgery.   It's important to call us BEFORE your biopsy or surgery.  

Or we can test fluid accumulations from the lung (pleural effusion) or abdomen (ascites) if they contain enough cancer cells.  Also, if you have leukemia,lymphoma, or myeloma, we can often use a blood or bone marrow specimen.

We then expose your living cancer cells in the laboratory to chemotherapy drugs, targeted agents and various drug combinations.

This eliminates much of the "guess work" prior to your undergoing the potentially toxic side effects of drug regimens that could prove to be of little value against your cancer.

By using combinations of drugs found most effective in the laboratory, Dr. Nagourney and his team have been able to double response rates and improve survival for his patients.

We can test most types of cancers, solid and hematologic (blood).

Samples are sent to us from all over the US and internationally.  Since the test involves living cancer cells, the samples MUST arrive in a very timely manner, within 24-36 hours.

Results are generally available within 7 days of receipt of your cancer sample in our laboratory.

For more information on how to get your cancer sample sent to us for analysis call us at 800-542-4357 or contact us via email HERE.   

No matter if you are newly diagnosed or have advanced cancer, contact us, we are here to help.


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