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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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Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute Grand Opening Set Tonight

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
Christus Health and Texas Oncology's collaborative cancer center in Tyler is hosting a grand opening ceremony tonight, November 29th. The 85,000-square-foot Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute in Tyler will include clinic space for medical oncology, hematology, gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, and nearly 3,000 square feet of dedicated clinical research space. 

The Importance Of Screening For Breast Cancer

Publication: Palestine Herald-Press
As a result of the pandemic, less people are going into doctors’ offices for their annual checkups and screenings, leading to more cancer diagnoses being caught late. Dr. Shail Dalal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Palestine, shares more about the importance of breast cancer screenings and early detection.

Family-Focused Care: How To Talk About Breast Cancer With Your Loved Ones

Publication: Palestine Herald-Press
A diagnosis, treatment plan, or return of breast cancer can impact all aspects of your life. As you adjust to the physical, emotional, and psychological changes that come with cancer, you also must decide when and how to tell your family, friends, and broader support system. Tanyel S. Williams, LMSW, ACSW, CHW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C, Texas Oncology–Palestine Cancer Center, shares how to have a conversation about breast cancer with your loved ones.

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In Medscape Poll, Doctors Fume Over Harmful Delays in Prior Authorizations

Publication: Medscape
A Medscape poll of over 200 physicians showed that insurers denied up to 60% of their prior authorizations, and most believe that denials delayed treatment or diagnostic tests. Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, discusses with Medscape how the prior authorization process can cause delays in patient care and how she manages patients’ expectations.

The Benefits of Proton Therapy To Treat Lung Cancer

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that destroys cancerous cells by delivering high-energy proton beams directly to tumors, while minimizing exposure to surrounding tissue.

Robert Walker: Defying the Odds of Living with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
In 2020, 68-year-old Robert Walker was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, which typically has a poor prognosis with less than five percent of patients expected to survive more than five years. Through good days and not-so-good days, Robert maintained a positive attitude. Thanks to the multidisciplinary care he received from Texas Oncology, Robert has responded so well to every component of treatment from chemotherapy to surgery, that he has far outlived the traditional survival for patients with stage IV pancreatic cancer as he continues to fight this deadly disease.

Dr Debra Patt Highlights Payer, Education Considerations in Use of Trastuzumab Deruxtecan for HER2-Low Breast Cancer

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
According to Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, results from the DESTINY-Breast04 clinical trial continue to make waves in breast cancer care—while raising considerations for payers and a need for education among doctors. Dr. Patt offered the keynote address at ASCO’s Patient-Centered Oncology Care®, highlighting the dramatic responses seen with trastuzumab deruxtecan in the trial.

International Day of Medical Physics and Radiology Day: Limin Song, Ph.D., and Anthony Salazar, R.T., (R) (T)


For many, cancer care is not just a career, but a calling. In honor of International Day of Medical Physics and Radiology Day, Limin Song, Ph.D., medical physicist, and Anthony Salazar, R.T., (R)(T), chief radiation therapist at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, both share what inspired them to specialize in proton therapy and a glimpse into their day-to-day life caring for cancer patients.