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Stage 4 Colon Cancer: Doctor Heal Thyself
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
One year ago, almost to the day, I was asked to see a very pleasant 67-year-old surgeon.  He was personally referred by the radiologist who had just completed a rather disturbing CT scan of the abdomen.  It revealed extensive stage 4 colon...
The Cost of Cancer Therapy: How Much is Too Much?
By Robert A. Nagourney, MD
There has been much written about the cost of cancer chemotherapy.  In the US alone over 2.5 trillion dollars are spent on...
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  ...
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...

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