After being diagnosed with indolent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Terry was given the time to research what his future steps would entail if the cancer became aggressive.
His cancer progressed a few years later, becoming painful and symptomatic. After seeing a multitude of oncologists and specialists, Terry was glad to have researched his best option for his course of treatment: A Rational Therapeutics assay with care by its founder, Robert A. Nagourney, MD.
"I was diagnosed with indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
My disease was minimal, and I was advised against any chemotherapy unless it became problematic. I was referred to Dr. Nagourney repeatedly by several patients and medical doctors when I learned about the functional profiling assay. But, there was no reason to do an assay before treatment was needed.
The chemotherapy prescribed by Dr. Nagourney ended in March of 2003. I have enjoyed a deep, full remission ever since — now approaching seven years! This is truly remarkable for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Over the next several years, I searched many cancer facilities and oncologists trying to determine where I wanted to be if and when I might need treatment. Many doctors I didn't like, and very few were at all satisfying. In these years, the cancer developed quickly and kept me in a lot of pain. Delaying further treatment was no longer an option.
By now, I had seen twenty separate oncologists in my battle with cancer.
There was no doubt in my mind that Dr. Nagourney was the one I wanted to treat me.
He did an assay on my malignant tissue and offered to treat me any way I liked—a toxic chemotherapy toward a fast remission or slower less toxic therapies. He said whichever I chose; he knew he could succeed at getting me into a long-term remission."