"By stopping that therapy, patients may be forfeiting some time and some symptom management, but they are typically not giving up a cure because oncologists have already deemed that it's an incurable illness," said Dr. Tammie Quest, interim director at the Emory Palliative Care Center in Atlanta.
While it's generally not recommended that patients stop therapy unless they can't tolerate it, Quest said the ultimate decision is left to them.
"We always want to respect patient autonomy," she said. "There are no right or wrong decisions from the physician's perspective."
Judging by the fact that he's cancer-free and dedicated to a higher purpose, Boger believes he made the right choice. But was his survival medicine or miracle?
"It was absolutely a miracle," he said.