Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang Won't Stop Fighting Cancer

Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang poses for a portrait at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada on Thursday, Jan. 05, 2017, in Las Vegas (Christina K. Lee/Las Vegas Review-Journal) 

A recent article by the Las Vegas Review-Journal detailed the close relationship Dr. Vogelzang shares with his patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada in Las Vegas.

“Someone told me Dr. Vogelzang is retiring. He can’t. Someone in our family will die if he does. Is it true? Is he retiring?” a woman had asked the article’s author.

When asked if the rumor was true, the 67-year-old Dr. Vogelzang laughed and said he hoped to be seeing patients for another 50 years.

You have to keep moving forward as long as you can,” Dr. Vogelzang said.

When the author told the woman what Dr. Vogelzang had said, she began to cry. “Thank God” she said weeping before hanging up.

Dr. Vogelzang is a world-renowned oncologist who has dedicated his professional life to cancer patients and to cancer research. He has treated mesothelioma patients for 40 years and is the former director of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Institute and the Nevada Cancer Institute.

Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang and patient Lysa Buonanno are happy that a drug used by Vogelzang on her Stage 4 cancer has made her cancer free. Courtesy of CCC of Nevada.

Dr. Nicholas Vogelzang and patient Lysa Buonanno are happy that a drug used by Vogelzang on her Stage 4 cancer has made her cancer free. Courtesy of CCC of Nevada.

Last month, Lysa Buonanno described Dr. Vogelzang’s 10 p.m. phone call to say her rare Stage 4 lung cancer could be treated with a new drug.

“That’s the kind of doctor he is. He really cares,” she said. “He gives out his cellphone and personal email and told me to get in touch with him whenever I felt I needed to. What other doctor does that?”

Lisa Corrado, whose father is being treated for kidney cancer with a new immunotherapy, echoed Buonanno’s sentiment.

“We’re just so lucky to have someone here who combines the best in research and treatment,” Corrado said. “He’s very patient, never gotten irritated with us,” she added. “He’s just a special guy.”

Corrado was also stunned by Dr. Vogelzang’s willingness to share his personal contact information to his patients and their families.

For Dr. Vogelzang, it’s all a part of the job of caring for his patients.

ARTICLE SOURCES:

Harasim, P. (2017, January 7). Beloved Doctor Nicholas Vogelzang Won’t Stop Fighting Cancer. Retrieved from http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/columns/paul-harasim/beloved-doctor-nicholas-vogelzang-won-t-stop-fighting-cancer

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Written by Wyatt Berkover