Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | July 10, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
We opened the doors, and the patients started streaming in. Not just a trickle, more like drinking from a fire hose. Without any advertisement or even letting partners know that we had started, patients showed up, some of them very sick. We saw nine patients with breast tumors on the first day and performed biopsies on two of them, all with a staff that had no prior oncology experience. In the first week of operations, we infused chemotherapy in eight patients and started another three on outpatient hormone treatments.
How did we get here, to the edge of a functional program, still teetering between success and failure?