Sep 14, 2013 - 7:09 pm
I am stage IIIB rectal cancer, 5 lymph nodes involved. i recently finished chemo/rad and am going to have surgery to remove the tumor in the beginning of Nov.
I am seriously considering having my tumor tested for chemo effectiveness by Rational Therapeutics (Dr. Nagourney) in Long Beach, CA and would appreciate input if any of you have tried this.
The science makes sense to me but I'm no scientist. Basically, they test your actual live tumor against a wide range of chemo, including herbal remedies if requested, to see if any will actually be effective in killing the cancer cells, or if your cancer is resistant.
i posted before that my dad died of cancer shortly before my diagnosis and had I known about this back then, we would have done it for him as he was stage IV. He tried four different chemo regimens and none worked for him. It was so painful and disheartening to see him as a sort of human chemo guinea pig.
i learned a lot thru his experience and don't want the same for myself. But I am wondering if it is worth it as I am stage III. The timing seems right as my upcoming surgery may be the best chance to get sufficient live tumor and before I start the dreaded Folfox.
i will contact them with questions soon so if there are any you think I should ask, please let me know. I would really appreciate input from any of you who are scientifically oriented too. I believe Tanstaafl mentioned them on a previous post but I don't know the outcome. Thanks!!!