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Read more about what’s happening at Texas Oncology and the newest advancements in cancer care. Here are the latest Texas Oncology news and stories highlighting local practices and patients. Select a search option below by cancer center, physician, media type and year and click the search button to find your results. Items in yellow are articles and items in blue are videos.

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We Are Blood Will Now Antibody Test Anyone Who Donates Blood

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
Convalescent plasma therapy has been used in Austin to treat COVID-19 patients. However, as health officials expect a second spike in cases in November, We Are Blood, Central Texas’ blood bank, will be testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an effort to identify more convalescent plasma donors. Jeff Yorio, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central, explains that hundreds of local COVID-19 patients have received convalescent plasma transfusions as part of their treatment.

Texas State Student Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Hopes to Inspire Others with Her Journey

Publication: WOAI-TV (NBS, San Antonio), KABB-TV (FOX, San Antonio)
Arianna Apodaca, a 21-year-old breast cancer patient, and Sharon Wilks, M.D., FACP, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–San Antonio Northeast, were featured on WOAI-TV and KABB-TV discussing the importance of early detection. Arianna and Dr. Wilks encouraged women to take control of their health, be aware of any changes, and get annual screenings to catch cancer early.

Local Breast Cancer Patient Nears Recovery

Publication: Greenville Herald-Banner
Karla Jacks, a Texas Oncology patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year, advises other women to discuss concerning symptoms with their doctor. Meera Shreedhara, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Greenville Lou & Jack Finney Cancer Center, urges women to continue with their annual mammogram and other cancer screenings during COVID-19.

Doctor Weighs in on COVID-19's Impact on Breast Cancer Care

Publication: Spectrum News Austin
Sylvia Jaramillo, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin North Suite 300, joined In Focus Texas to sound the alarm over the dangers of delaying breast cancer screenings because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Dr. Jaramillo, a 75 percent reduction in screenings during the peak of COVID-19 has resulted in cancer being detected in later, more aggressive stages. Since safe procedures for undergoing cancer screenings have been established during COVID-19, Dr. Jaramillo encourages women to continue routine screenings.

Young Nurse and Mother Stresses Diligence, Awareness After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Publication: KEYE-TV (CBS, Austin)
Amy Woods, a Texas Oncology patient diagnosed with breast cancer last year with no family history of the disease, advises other women, especially young women, to advocate for themselves and their health concerns. Bridget O’Brien, D.O., FACS, FSSO, breast surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists–Georgetown, urges women to do their due diligence by conducting monthly self-exams and paying attention to unusual changes to their breasts.

Breast Cancer Survivors Warn: Don't Put Off Mammograms in Pandemic

Publication: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Christina Thompson and Deborah Hyde were both diagnosed with breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both patients and their medical oncologist, Chi Pham, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Fort Worth Cancer Center, encourage women to keep their annual mammogram, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why You Should Not Delay or Cancel Breast Cancer Screenings Because of the Pandemic

Publication: KERA-FM (NPR, Dallas-Fort Worth)
Allison DiPasquale, M.D., of Texas Breast Specialists was featured on KERA discussing delayed and canceled mammograms during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. DiPasquale explained the improved safety standards for undergoing mammograms amid COVID-19 and encouraged patients to keep their annual screening appointments.

Potentially Life-Saving Genetic Cancer Test Becomes More Affordable

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
For people with a family history of cancer, genetic testing can help determine their risk of developing hereditary cancer. It can also help those with genetic mutations make informed decisions about the best preventative care and treatment. In a story related to genetic testing pricing, Gayle Patel, M.S., CGC, Director of Texas Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) Program, explains that genetic testing is complex, and therefore it’s important that each person is matched with the right test based on their individual needs.

Karen Clements: From Adversity Comes Strength

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
Breast cancer patient Karen Clements is often described as resilient, having faced adversity supporting her family members through health challenges while managing her own treatment. She credits her Texas Oncology team, including Allison Gorrebeeck, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin North Suite 300, Caroline Coombs-Skiles, M.D., FACS, breast surgeon at Texas Breast Specialists–Austin Downtown, and Carl E. Nuesch, M.D., FACRO, FACR, radiation oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin North Radiation Oncology and Austin Central, for their coordinated and comprehensive care during her cancer journey.

AGARWAL: Three Things to Know Before You Cancel Your Mammogram

Publication: Corsicana Daily Sun
Ashwani Agarwal, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Corsicana, explains the growing concern about the long-term impact on cancer rates due to skipped screens and other preventive measures during the pandemic. He further describes how medical offices are taking extra safety precautions to conduct screenings safely during COVID-19.