Does anyone have any experience with the functional tumor profiling done by Dr. Wiesenthal or Dr. Nagourney?
(Their assays test live tumor tissue samples for drug sensitivities to multiple chemotherapies, targeted agents, avastin, combinations… this is different from genomic testing or cell-culture chemosensitivity testing.)
I found 2 labs which do this: Dr. Nagourney at Rational Therapeutics, and Dr. Wiesenthal’s lab at Weisenthal Cancer.
They require enough fresh tumor tissue from a laparoscopic biopsy. Has anyone experienced a laparoscopic biopsy (like from the mesentery, peritoneal, or liver mets)? What is the recovery like?
I’m trying to figure out whether this is worth the biopsy procedure, and whether we could trust the results.