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Metastatic Lung Cancer: A Patient with 9 Lives
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
In September of 2013, I was asked to see a patient with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung. Treatment with Chemotherapy   Biopsies did not reveal any “driver” mutations (e.g. EGFR, ALK or ROS) but our laboratory did identify a novel triplet...
Most Dangerous Words a Cancer Patient Can Hear: "We Do the Same Thing"
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
Cancer patients who seek our functional profiling EVA-PCD test frequently ask their doctors for assistance. Responses can...
What Do Medical Oncologists Do?
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
If you ask most patients, even their doctors, what medical oncologists do, they will tell you that they give chemotherapy. But...
A Stage IV Bladder Cancer Meets Its (Unexpected) Match
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
I am often asked to see the family members of current and former patients, as one good outcome can beget another. A recent...
Stage 4 Uterine Cancer & BRCA Gene Mutation Story Gets Interesting
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
  The discovery of the BRCA genes by Mary Claire King and Mark Skolnick in the 1990s provided immense insights. It explained...
Life Imitates Art in Treating Glioblastoma: Was Dr. McCoy Right?
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
Star Trek aficionados will remember Dr. Leonard H. McCoy played by DeForest Kelley who served as the original USS Enterprise...
Cancer Immunotherapy Suffers A Setback: Cause For Alarm?
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
Cancer immunotherapy, which uses the patient's immune system to eradicate disease, has been the subject of investigation for...

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