As an oncology fellow at Georgetown Univeristy, Dr. Robert Nagourney’s lifelong desire to be a healer and a physician had been replaced by his role as an administrator of toxic, ineffective chemotherapy. His patients weren’t only dying, he felt like he was poisoning them. He was convinced there had to be a better way to personalize cancer patient’s treatment.
With 20 years of research, Dr. Nagourney has developed the Ex Vivo Analysis of Prog rammed Cell Death (EVA-PCD) assay which is a state-of-the-art chemosensitivity test that produces a functional/phenotypic profile of a patient’s cancer. This analysis is based on tumor biology and identifies in real-time which therapies amongst many comparable choices induce the cancer cells to shut down and die. This enables patients and their doctors to choose the most effective, least toxic treatment.
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Robert Nagourney, Rational Therapeutics is a fully accredited federal and state licensed laboratory with the sole purpose of personalizing cancer patient’s treatments. The EVA-PCD analysis has been shown to double response rates and increase survival. Click here for a short introduction video.
In April 2010, Steve Lockwood was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Steve met with a local oncologist, as well as experts at UCLA and City of Hope. All spoke of standard chemotherapy treatments with limited results and gave him only 6 months to live. Then Steve met Dr. Nagourney who gave him hope and a common sense method to choose his therapies. Steve is alive and well today, six years later. Read Steve Lockwood’s story here.
Most types of cancers can be tested by Rational Therapeutics and samples arrive from many parts of the world. Since the test involves living cancer cells, the samples must arrive in a very timely manner, within 24-36 hours. Contact our Patient Relations Representatives to review your specific case.
Rational Therapeutics continues to be owned and operated by Dr. Nagourney and is the only cancer testing laboratory with an onsite practicing hematologist/oncologist. He is available for clinical consultations to help patients scientifically determine their best treatment options.