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Patient Stories: Arthur Hou

HouIn October 2012, NASA scientist Arthur Hou, Ph.D., went in for what he thought would be routine gall bladder surgery only to learn he had pancreas cancer, and it had spread to his liver. 

Hou, 65, decided to come to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary pancreas cancer clinic in Baltimore, where Hopkins’ leading experts reviewed his case. Daniel Laheru, M.D., is now heading up his care team, and Hou is currently receiving an experimental combined drug treatment developed by Viragh Scholar Dung Le, M.D. Hou has completed two of three rounds of therapy. 

“I feel great and no longer need pain medicine.  I feel like my old self again,” says Hou. “I view this as a very promising starting point and have discussed with Dr. Laheru about possibilities of additional cutting-edge treatment options. I look forward to working with this impressive team of doctors and nurses in the coming months to explore numerous approaches in their arsenal. They focus on the cancer but also on important quality-of-life issues.”

Hou says he has never second-guessed his decision to come to the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center: “I did my research, and it was clear that the Johns Hopkins experts wrote the book on pancreas cancer.  I have never doubted that I came to the right place.”