Patient Stories

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer Spread to the Brain:
    Pat Merwin

    On September 15, 2008, I started out the day as a healthy, 52-year-old, non-smoker. Cancer was the last thing on my mind.

  • Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer
    Given 4 Months to Live:
    Steve Lockwood

    Eight Years Strong: Surviving Pancreatic Cancer
    In April 2010, a then 59-year-old Steve Lockwood was experiencing abdominal pain.

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer Spread to the Brain:
    Lori Morris

    I spent my life being athletic and even traveling for scuba diving and trekking trips around the world.

  • Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer:
    Elizabeth Panke, MD

    In 1999, I had an extremely aggressive form of advanced ovarian cancer and my life expectancy was measured in weeks to months.

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Ryan Kuper

    Shortly after Ryan Kuper and his girlfriend moved to their new home in Glendale, California, Ryan started experiencing occasional shooting pains in his lower abdomen.

  • Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer:
    Cyndy Fritts

    A native of Colorado, this adventurous spirit moved with her husband to Alaska where they served at the Skwentna checkpoint

  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Angie Olson

    At the time, Angie was an oncology nurse at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. As the mother of two young children, she found herself confronting some tough decisions.

  • Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer: Marjorie Gromme

    By definition, the word “survivor” can mean one of two things. A person remaining alive after an event in which others have died. Or, a person who copes well with difficulties in their life.

  • Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Angela Garvin

    I went against the protocol recommended by my two Atlanta oncologists, in order to go with Dr. Nagourney's functional profile to treat my Stage 4 Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.

  • Stage 2 Breast Cancer
    Spread to 17 Lymph Nodes:
    Evelyn Salvador

    November 1998 remains an unforgettable time in my life.

  • Stage 4 Breast Cancer Spread to 13 Lymph Nodes:
    Ingrid Ottesen

    "I live in an area infested with gang members and drug dealers, but I’m not afraid of them. They’re afraid of me,"

  • Stage 4 Kidney Cancer: John Friedberg, MD

    Very few who have not had cancer would believe how little is known about treatment and how ineffective most of it is. As this becomes evident we are dying. It is too late for most.

  • Recurrent Ovarian Cancer: Sharon Williamson

    Sharon Williamson, 65, is no stranger to cancer. In her early 30’s she was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Sue Allen, RN

    As a 44-year-old, neonatal intensive care nurse, at one of the largest medical centers on the west coast, the last thing I expected my doctor to tell me was that I had cancer.

  • Stage 2 Breast Cancer: Jody King

    When Jody King, RN, was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, her well-respected oncologist recommended a standard course of treatment.

  • Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP): Eliza Ho

    At the beginning of February 2012, Eliza Ho went to see her doctor about the stomach pains she was having. My primary physician sent me for an ultrasound, which showed a huge mass in my liver.

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer Spread
    to Bones: Virginia Filipan

    After losing her two sisters, brother and husband to cancer, she thought the logical thing would be to start planning her last few months.

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Suzanne Friedman

    In late February 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer (non small cell lung cancer). That same day, I went to an oncologist who suggested a particular chemotherapy protocol.

  • Lymphoma: Myriam Oliver

    Myriam Oliver was an avid runner and the caretaker of three sons (one of which is autistic) and an ill mother-in-law.

  • Lung Cancer - Pleural Mesothelioma:
    Judith Black

    Looking back to October 2008, I am amazed how I was guided to Dr. Robert Nagourney and his groundbreaking laboratory Rational Therapeutics (now Nagourney Cancer Institute)

  • Stage 4 Colon Cancer: Jeff Bassman

    I was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in late August 2013.

  • Stage 4 Neuroendocrine Cancer:
    Valerie Leighty

    After being treated for several months for a pinched nerve in my neck, I was admitted in October 2013, to the local hospital through the ER with a collapsed lung.

  • Recurrent Hairy Cell Leukemia:
    Glenn Bernstein

    I was diagnosed in November 1999 with a rare leukemia called Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL). It is a rare, slow growing cancer of the blood

  • Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer:
    Margaret Johns, RN

    Diagnosis: Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer with 6 Months to Live
    "Six months or less is the prognosis my oncologist gave me as I sat in her office on May 4, 2009. My stage 4 pancreatic cancer had metastasized to my liver

  • Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma:
    Selden Beebee, MD

    Dr. Beebee, an 80 year old pediatrician, presented to Dr. Nagourney's office with extensive lymphadenopathy.

  • Stage 4 Uterine Cancer -
    Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma
    (UPSC): Tina Brutsch

    Healthy has been my lifestyle for as long as I can remember. I eat mostly fresh fruits,

  • Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer:
    Shelly Macy

    "You have Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer" were words that I never dreamed I would hear.

  • Small Cell Lung Cancer: David Hanbidge

    My name is David Hanbidge. I was diagnosed at 57 years old and I am proud to say that I have reached the 16-year mark in my journey to be cured of small cell lung cancer.

  • Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia: Bill Howard

    While on vacation with his wife in 2005, Bill Howard discovered a lump in his breast. “Men don’t get lumps in their breasts,” he thought.

  • Stage 4 Stomach Cancer:
    James Tran

    I am a 48-year-old male, who after a weekend of sharp abdominal pain and a visit to the emergency room

  • Mast Cell Sarcoma: Brittany Wnek

    Our daughter, Brittany (16 years old) went through several serious surgeries in the fall for mast cell sarcoma.

  • Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Spread
    to Liver: Ken B

    In February 2011, Ken Baumheckel was experiencing pain in the area just above the lumbar curve in his spine.

  • Stage 4 Gastric Cancer of the Small Intestine:
    Jeff Ticehurst

    Jeff Ticehurst was 58 years old and in pretty good health when he started losing weight and his red blood cell count dropped.

  • Ovarian Cancer - Stage III: Marcia Scheidler

    In 2005, I was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer.

  • Stage 4 Breast Cancer Spread to Liver:
    Kathy Leach

    In January of 2003, Kathy felt a lump in her right breast. After seeking medical advice, a biopsy was performed and her worst fears were confirmed.

  • Colon Cancer: Walt Wilson

    Walt Wilson is an active man. He owns a small business and he is passionate about flying.

  • Stage 4 Stomach Cancer:
    Shelly Powell

    One year ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer and told by two doctors that I had three months to live.

  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Stage III: George Kalogridis

    In April 2004, George Kalogridis was diagnosed with stage III Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As he faced his own diagnosis, he immediately remembered a friend who had been diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma.

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer: Cheryl Scott

    Those were just some of the comments from the six oncologists and four surgeons that I saw in consultation for my advanced lung cancer.

  • Stage 4 Lung Cancer Patient Referred to Hospice: Rick Carroll

    Rick Carroll was no stranger to life in the fast lane: this former Marine sergeant loved to ride his motorcycle and had a penchant for hard partying.

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