Dr. Robert Nagourney felt like he had made a terrible mistake. As an oncology fellow, his lifelong desire to be a healer and a physician had been replaced by his role as an administrator of toxic, ineffective chemotherapies. His patients weren’t only dying, he was poisoning them. He resolved that the remainder of his career would be dedicated to finding better, innovative ways to treat cancer.
By rethinking what cancer is and how it behaves, Dr. Nagourney developed a smarter, more effective way to treat cancer patients. As a physician scientist he discovered a method that would identify the chemotherapy drugs, combinations or targeted agents most likely to induce an individual patient’s cancer cells to die. Outliving Cancer is the story of his journey and the patient’s that inspired him along the way.