Volume 08, Issue 01, Summer 2018



A Family-Like Bond

As the head of our patients’ care teams, Texas Oncology’s physicians embrace their role as keepers of the practice’s cultural flame. The patient-physician relationship is the nucleus of our approach – a bond that forms around medical and personal concerns. For example, patients of Dr. Branden Hsu, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Katy and Houston Memorial City, say he emphasizes healing with hearts and minds.

Texas Oncology recognizes that they’re not only in the cancer-fighting business, they’re in the heartbeat extending business. They recognize their work goes beyond simply treating. It’s a holistic extension of heartbeats. Dr. Hsu treats me with compassion, understanding, a sense of respect, and with love.” Reverend Dean Pogue and his wife Tricia
Pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer patient,
Texas Oncology–Katy
First and foremost, my daily commitment is to make sure my patients receive the very best care possible. But we don’t just care for our patients. We care about them and their lives outside of our clinic.” Branden Hsu, M.D.
Medical Oncologist,
Texas Oncology–Katy and Houston Memorial City

In Tyler, Dr. Sasha Strain blends professional oncology care with making a highly personal connection to patients.

When I see patients, I see my family sitting there. That’s how I approach patients – like I would a family member. My goal is to create an enduring relationship with them.” Sasha Strain, M.D., and patient Patricia Sevenants
Medical Oncologist,
Texas Oncology–Tyler

For acute myeloid leukemia patient Patricia Sevenants, that familial bond meant everything. Sevenants showed her gratitude for the care provided at Texas Oncology by bringing fruit baskets – one for “new family and friends” and another for her care team with a card that read:

“We feel so blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for being such an inspiration. We feel like we are part of a new family. We love you all.”

“I keep that card at my desk,” Dr. Strain added. ”It’s a daily reminder of the amazing work we do and the reason we are collectively dedicated to Our Promise – to help our patients fight cancer each day.”