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Stage IV HER2 Positive Breast Cancer: The Art of Oncology
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
Among Michelangelo's most famous sculptures are the 'Prisoners” that depict human forms awakening from their marble entrapment. The sculptor believed that his work simply released the hidden figures from the stone. Like Michelangelo’s...
Stage 4 Gastroesophageal Cancer Patient Responds to 2nd Novel Cocktail
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
A SECOND NOVEL COCKTAIL PROVES MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE FIRST: AN UPDATE This is the first blog I have penned since COVID-19...
Stage 4 Gastroesophageal Cancer Patient Responds to Novel Cocktail
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
On June 5, 2019, I received a telephone call from Des Moines, Iowa from a 60-year-old gentleman who had presented to medical...
Are All Colon Cancers Created Equal? Absolutely Not!
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
I was recently asked by a surgical colleague to meet a patient. This 58-year-old woman had presented two years earlier with...
Overcoming Stage IV Ovarian Cancer: A Life Well-Lived
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
In 2008, I met a delightful 88-year-old patient accompanied by her daughter. The patient had been successfully treated for...
Treating Stage IV Lung Cancer: “You can’t get there from here.”
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
There is a joke about a traveling salesman who finds himself lost in the countryside and stops a farmer to ask directions to...
Interstate Oncology: Breast Cancer Patient On the Run
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
Of the one million new breast cancer patients diagnosed each year worldwide, approximately 170,000 of these cases are triple...

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