On his birthday and six months after spotting a lump on his left collarbone, Mark Angelo was diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. Mark would spend the next three years undergoing oral chemotherapy treatment while his health and quality of life quickly declined. The chemo proved to be ineffective after exhausting all treatment options, Mark’s doctor recommended an investigational therapy, but that treatment is not yet approved by the FDA. He would have to travel to Switzerland for treatment every three months. It seemed that Mark was out of options.
Then the Texas Legislature approved Right to Try, and Mark’s luck changed. He was able to receive PRRT treatment in Houston under the Right to Try law. In December 2016, for the first time in over five years, his condition had improved enough to turn his three-month follow-up into six months. Better yet, Mark was able to treat his wife to a Mother’s Day outing made possible with the help of Right to Try.
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