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Robert A. Nagourney, MD

Robert A. Nagourney, MD

Dr. Robert Nagourney has been a pioneer in personalized cancer testing and research for over 20 years. He is founder and director of Nagourney Cancer Institute (formerly Rational Therapeutics), an accomplished research and testing lab in Long Beach, personalizing cancer patient treatments from all over the world. Dr. Nagourney is author of the book Outliving Cancer, blogger, practicing oncologist, and clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Among his many accomplishments, as co-investigator on national cooperative trials, Dr. Nagourney is recognized for the introduction of Cisplatin/Gemcitabine doublets in the treatment of advanced ovarian and breast cancers. Also, Dr. Nagourney's group originally reported the effectiveness of this same drug combo for advanced bladder cancer at a research symposium in Washington DC, ten years before it became the treatment of choice.

He has been featured on national and local television such as CNN, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC and major newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal. He has also been featured internationally such as on the Australian TV show Good Medicine, and Univision's Primer Impacto.

He has also served as a reviewer and on the editorial boards of several journals including Clinical Cancer Research, British Journal of Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, Cancer Research and the Journal of Medicinal Food.

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For a 26-year-old Stage 4 Adrenal Cancer: It's Knowing Where (and How) to Look
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