“One year ago I was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric (stomach) cancer and told by two doctors that I had three months to live. I had most of my stomach and colon removed, followed by chemotherapy.
A medical consultant had highly recommended that I have functional profiling testing done by Rational Therapeutics (now Nagourney Cancer Institute), since I did not have any time to waste on chemo drugs that might not work.
A standard drug combination had been recommended to me by two oncologists, however the results of the testing showed that different drugs would work better. I found an oncologist who supported using the drugs recommended by Dr. Nagourney and I started weekly chemo treatments.
Within just a few days of my first treatment I had dramatic results.
My feet had been swollen so big that I could not even wear shoes, and my abdomen was so full of fluid that I had to get it drained every week.
Within days my feet were back to normal and the fluid in my abdomen was gone. I had been in extreme pain all the time and the pain disappeared.
I continued on this regimen for six months, at which time a PET scan showed no sign of cancer.
My oncologist said that the results were remarkable and he attributed it to the fact that I chose the right drugs based on Dr. Nagourney's testing.
Unfortunately, (almost six months later) a recent colonoscopy showed microscopic cancer and I am back on the same chemo drugs, hoping that they work as well as they did the first time.
If not, I will go to the second set of drugs that showed as the most effective for my cancer.
I truly believe that if I had not had the testing done by Dr. Nagourney I would not be alive today. My deepest gratitude go to Dr. Nagourney and his wonderful staff.”
I am a 48-year-old male, who after a weekend of sharp abdominal pain and a visit to the emergency room, was diagnosed with widely metastatic STAGE 4 STOMACH CANCER.
-- James Tran