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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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#IAMUP: Breast Cancer Myths

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
10/23/2019
Katrina E. Birdwell, M.D, FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Dallas Cancer Center, appeared live on WFAA-TV to discuss breast cancer myths with an in-studio audience of breast cancer survivors and supporters. In the interactive segment, which aired during the station’s special morning show dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Birdwell clarifies common misconceptions about breast cancer occurrence and prevention.

Breast Cancer Myths, Separating Fact from Fiction

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
10/23/2019
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thomas Harris, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Waco was featured on KXXV-TV’s Central Texas Living show to clarify myths and reinforce truths about breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Hair Salon Owner Loses Hair During Breast Cancer Battle

Publication: Shine Online
10/21/2019
Salon owner and hair stylist Ursulia Hall was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in October 2018, and now she’s using her salon to help breast cancer patients during chemotherapy. According to her breast surgical oncologist, Katrina E. Birdwell, M.D, FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Dallas Cancer Center, when patients like Ursulia have positive outlooks through treatment, they have better outcomes.

Chantal Rice: Fighting Cancer on Her Terms

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
10/20/2019
As the managing editor of Austin Woman magazine, Chantal Rice provides editorial oversight for thought-provoking stories that inspire and support women. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Chantal was treated by Bridget O’Brien, D.O., at Texas Breast Specialists–Georgetown, and Mika Cline, M.D., at Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown. She credits the support of her family and friends, colleagues at Austin Woman magazine, and her partner, Thomas, for helping her through her cancer journey.

Prakash Joins Rural Cancer Care Task Force

Publication: The Paris News
10/18/2019
Sucharu “Chris” Prakash, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Paris, was appointed to the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Rural Cancer Care Task Force, furthering his longtime efforts toward improving cancer care access and quality in rural Texas. Dr. Prakash, who also serves on the board of directors for Texas Oncology, the U.S. Oncology Breast Cancer Research Committee, and the Texas Medical Association Committee on Cancer, was appointed to the task force in recognition of his expertise in serving patients in Paris and his long-established interest the health care needs of rural Texas.

Bonus Episode: All Around the Oncology Clinical Pathways Congress

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
10/18/2019
As part of the Journal of Clinical Pathways' Outspoken Oncology podcast, Lalan Wilfong, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas discusses aspects of clinical pathway integration. Dr. Wilfong highlights ways in which clinical pathway integration can help in potentially reducing the administrative burdens placed on physician, due to decreased authorization needs, and about Texas Oncology's network review process for off-pathway justifications.
 

Lack of Awareness

Publication: Radiology Today
10/15/2019
Proton therapy uses particles to deliver a highly concentrated amount of radiation to a cancer target. Because of its physical properties, the particles don’t impact surrounding organs to the same degree as conventional X-rays. Proton therapy also allows patients who receive radiation and experience a recurrence of cancer to be treated with additional radiation, offering the potential for controlling the disease without unacceptable complications to nearby organs.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
10/14/2019
Renee Sendelbach was diagnosed with breast cancer 11 years ago at the age of 31. A year later, her cancer metastasized to other parts of her body. Under the care of Beth Hellerstedt, M.D., at Texas Oncology–Round Rock, Renee received chemotherapy, surgery, and a bone marrow transplant. For metastatic cancer patients like Renee, advancements in medicine are improving survival rates and quality of life. Today, Renee says she is doing well and will continue to defy the odds.

Keep Your Hair Through Chemo with the Paxman Cold Cap

Publication: KPRC-TV (NBC, Houston)
10/14/2019
For many people going through chemotherapy, losing hair can be part of the process; however, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System gives patients like Cay Walker another option. Michelina Cairo, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City explains how the Paxman cold cap is uniquely fitted to a patient’s head and works by lowering the temperature of the scalp immediately before, during, and after chemotherapy, which reduces blood flow to the area around the hair follicles. Texas Oncology was part of the clinical trial for the cooling cap from 2013-2016, and Dr. Cairo is excited that it’s recently been incorporated into the NCCN guidelines to offer cancer patients scalp cooling during treatment.

Breast Cancer Knows No Age Limits

Publication: Houston Chronicle
10/14/2019
Jennifer Sasaki, M.D., M.S., surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists–Houston Fannin, and patient Megan Lee, discussed the importance of women being proactive and educated about breast health. When Megan found a lump in her breast during a self-exam last fall, she took a proactive approach and sought testing despite statistics she was too young to have breast cancer. Megan is grateful Dr. Sasaki spent a lot of time explaining her treatment options, and feels the conversations gave her more power and input in her cancer journey.

Debunking Common Myths About Breast Cancer

Publication: KERA-FM (NPR, Dallas-Fort Worth)
10/14/2019
Katrina E. Birdwell, M.D, FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Dallas Cancer Center, was featured on the KERA News Morning Edition segment, where she corrected some common misinformation about breast cancer. Dr. Birdwell explained that you don’t need a family history of breast cancer to get the disease, that leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t prevent breast cancer, that men can get breast cancer, and that mastectomy isn’t the only form of treatment for breast cancer patients. She highlighted modifiable ways to present breast cancer, including maintaining a healthy weight and activity level, avoiding tobacco use, reducing extra estrogen, and decreasing alcohol consumption.

Debunking Popular Myths of Breast Cancer

Publication: KVII-TV (ABC, Amarillo)
10/08/2019
Lova Arenivas, M.D., of Texas Breast Specialists–Amarillo, was featured on KVII-TV discussing breast cancer recurrence, genetic risk, and early detection. Dr. Arenivas recommends women 40 years and older get regular mammogram screenings.

Proton Therapy Beneficial for Those With Recurrent Cancer

Publication: WFAA
10/08/2019
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Dr. Sturgeon overviews risk factors for breast cancer and why proton therapy is a good treatment option not only for someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer, but also for patients who have recurrent disease or even existing heart or lung issues.

High-Quality Care in Multi-Site Networks: Implementing a Centralized Pharmacy and Pathways

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
10/08/2019
At the 2019 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, Lalan Wilfong, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas, discussed the delivery of high-quality care in multi-site networks with a reporter from Journal of Clinical Pathways. The interview highlights Dr. Wilfong’s perspective on the most important components of a multi-site network that implements high-quality care, challenges that large networks face and technology serving as a solution to said challenges, strategies that Texas Oncology implements, Texas Oncology’s medically integrated pharmacy, and an overview of Texas Oncology’s clinical pathways program.

Tamara Scott: When Giving Up Isn’t an Option

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
10/06/2019
Tamara Scott was a busy healthcare administrator and mother to a toddler when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. She was treated by Kathryn Hudson, M.D., and Carl Nuesch, M.D., FACRO, FACR, of Texas Oncology–Austin Central and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. Through her cancer journey, Tamara hopes to inspire other breast cancer patients, especially African American women like her, to persevere and advocate for their health.

Detecting Breast Cancer – from Vigilance to Suspicion to Confirmation

Publication: Absolutely! Brazos, Fort Bend Focus, Absolutely! Katy, Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times, Cleburne Times-Review
10/02/2019
Early detection of breast cancer is a key step in successful treatment of the disease. Sanjay Sethi, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Sugar Land, Nikita M. Shah, M.D., of Texas Breast Specialists–Sugar Land, Srinath Sundararajan, M.D., FACP, of Texas Oncology–Katy, Caroline Coombs-Skiles, M.D., FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin Central, and Sandhya Bejjanki, M.D., Texas Oncology–Cleburne, share three things women should know about reducing their risk.

Breast Cancer: Fact or Fiction?

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
09/30/2019
Katrina E. Birdwell, M.D, FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Dallas Cancer Center, discussed common breast cancer myths on KXAS-TV's Health Connection newscast. Dr. Birdwell explained that you don’t have to feel a lump in order to have breast cancer, that men can get breast cancer, and that mastectomy isn’t the only form of treatment for breast cancer patients. She highlighted additional treatment options, including lumpectomy and oncoplastic surgery, and reiterated the importance of regular screenings for breast cancer.

The Evolution of Oncology Clinical Pathways Utilization

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
09/30/2019
Ahead of the 2019 Oncology Clinical Pathways Congress (OCPC) forum, Lalan Wilfong, M.D., executive vice president of value-based care and quality programs at Texas Oncology, alongside two additional OCPC 2019 presenters shared a preview of what Congress attendees could expect to learn. Dr. Wilfong’s commentary highlights the challenges associated with integrating clinical pathways into an EHR, as well as how pathway integration into an EHR can reduce the burden placed on oncologists.

Dr. Anna Priebe Joins Texas Oncology–Tyler

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
09/29/2019
Anna M. Priebe, M.D., FACOG, will join Texas Oncology–Tyler as the site’s first full-time gynecologic oncologist. Dr. Priebe serves as the prime addition to an accomplished team of oncologists who are spearheading leading-edge clinical trials and robust cancer research at Texas Oncology–Tyler.

Anna Priebe Joins Texas Oncology–Tyler

Publication: Longview News-Journal
09/29/2019
Anna M. Priebe, M.D., FACOG, will join Texas Oncology–Tyler as it first full-time gynecologist. With her addition, Texas Oncology gynecological cancer patients in Longview will be able to obtain surgeries closer to home.

Super Snuggies

Publication: Austin Business Journal
09/27/2019
Paul Loar, M.D. of Texas Oncology–Austin North gifts each of his gynecologic cancer patients with a Wonder Woman© Snuggie as they begin treatment. During September’s Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Loar united this cast of patients for a Wonder Woman©-themed photo that was featured in the Austin Business Journal’s ABJSeen section.

What to Know if You’re Newly Diagnosed

Publication: Paint it all Pink Magazine 2019
09/25/2019
When someone is newly diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by large volumes of information and difficult treatment plan decisions. Heather King, M.D., FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin joins other oncologist in sharing advice for these patients as they begin their cancer journeys. She encourages patients to take care of themselves by maintaining physical and emotional health.

A Matter of Survival: Advances in Chemotherapy are Making Breast Cancer Treatable, Not Terminal

Publication: Paint it all Pink Magazine 2019
09/25/2019
With advancements in medicine and technology, patients are living longer and many cancers are being treated as chronic illnesses rather than terminal diseases. For breast cancer patients, advances in chemotherapy treatment are leading to better outcomes and quality of life. Mika Cline, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown discusses how these advances are improving breast cancer survival rates and reducing side effects and impact on fertility. 

Texas Oncology Opens Support Services Suite For Cancer Patients

Publication: The Patch (North Austin-Pflugerville)
09/23/2019
Texas Oncology–Austin North hosted an open house for a new patient support services suite. These support services are a part of the practice’s commitment to providing patients with comprehensive care that serves whole patient health, not just treatment of diseases. As Texas Oncology celebrates its 25th year in Central Texas, this new suite is also a benchmark of the practice’s growth in the region.

Local Oncologist Gives Patients Wonder Woman Snuggies as They Enter Treatment

Publication: KEYE-TV (CBS, Austin)
09/19/2019
To support his gynecologic cancer patients embarking on their cancer journeys toward survivorship, Paul Loar, M.D. of Texas Oncology–Austin North gifts each of these brave women with a Wonder Woman© Snuggie as they begin treatment. During September’s Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Loar united this cast of patients to honor their fight against cancer with a Wonder Woman©-themed photo.

Dr. Lee and Former Patient Discuss Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Publication: WFAA
09/10/2019
Dr. Andrew Lee and his former patient, Dr. Mark Vaccaro, a radiologist, talk about the benefits of proton therapy for prostate cancer and how Dr. Vaccaro came to the conclusion that proton therapy was the right treatment option for his diagnosis.

From Cancer Comes Strength: Melinda Fiebig “Hearts” Inspiring Others

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
09/01/2019
On Valentine’s Day in 2017, Melinda Fiebig was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During her treatment with Helen Eshed, M.D., Melinda built a network of support and community at Texas Oncology–Austin Central. Once she completed chemotherapy, Melinda volunteered at the same Texas Oncology location where she received treatment for the nine months that followed.

Texas Oncology–Tyler: Teamwork, Breakthroughs Led to More Victories for Tyler in Fight Against Cancer

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
09/01/2019
Founding physicians of Texas Oncology–Tyler, Donald Richards, M.D., Ph.D., and Mark Saunders, M.D., discuss the growth of the practice, its accomplishments, and the future of cancer care in Tyler. On the location's 25th anniversary, Drs. Richards and Saunders are renewing their commitment to deliver the high-quality care that has become the standard in Tyler.
 

Fresh, Seasonal, and Local: Three Ways Eating with the Harvest Improves Your Health

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
09/01/2019
Choosing fresh, in-season produce offers health benefits at any age and stage of life. Michelle Ashworth, M.D., at Texas Oncology–Round Rock and Leslie Gutierrez, AGACNP-BC, APRN, MSN, at Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, shares three things you should know about eating with the seasonal harvest.

Texas Oncology–Tyler Celebrates 25 Years of Caring for East Texas Cancer Patients

Publication: KLTV-TV (ABC, Tyler)
08/30/2019
Texas Oncology–Tyler celebrated its 25th anniversary as a community-based care cancer center with a ceremony honoring its founding physicians, staff, current and former patients, and community of supporters, which was featured on KLTV-TV.

25 Years of Care: Texas Oncology Center in Tyler Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Publication: KETK-TV
08/29/2019
Texas Oncology–Tyler marked its 25 anniversary with a ceremony highlighted on KETK-TV, which honored staff, patients, and the community. Founding physicians Donald Richards, M.D., Ph.D., and Mark Saunders, M.D., discussed the growth of the practice, its accomplishments, and the future of cancer care in Tyler.

Texas Oncology–Tyler Celebrates 25 Years of Cancer Treatment

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
08/29/2019
Texas Oncology–Tyler celebrated 25 years as a community-based care cancer center with a ceremony honoring physicians, staff, current and former patients, and community supporters. 

Doris Ramaly: Life's Challenges Can Be Overcome Together

Publication: Charm/View
08/28/2019
In the last five years, Doris Ramaly received two breast cancer diagnoses. During her treatment with Larry Frase, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center, Doris found strength to fight the disease with a positive attitude and active role in her cancer care.

Central Texas Cancer Survivor Gives Credit to Doctor Communication

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS, Waco)
08/25/2019
Carlos Encarnacion, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle, and his patient Sharron Davis share how their strong physician-patient relationship has contributed to her positive outcome. Sharron says open discussions with Dr. Encarnacion helped her feel well-informed and comfortable to confidently make decisions related to her treatment plan.

Girl Finishes Proton Therapy

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
08/16/2019
Five-year-old brain cancer patient, Georgia Crim, celebrated her final proton therapy session, surrounded by members of her family and care team. Victor S. Mangona, M.D., radiation oncologist at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, said Georgia has done very well throughout treatment and is the youngest patient at Texas Center for Proton Therapy who has not required anesthesia during treatment.
 

Special Report: Together Capable of Overcoming Cancer

Publication: KETK-TV (NBC, Longview)
08/13/2019

Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D., gynecologic oncologist and physician assistant Devin Brecheen, PA-C, of Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center, alongside cancer patient Mallory Cox, were featured on KETK-TV in a special report highlighting the positive benefits of a strong doctor-patient relationship in cancer treatment. Dr. Spillman shares information regarding the links between a trusting patient-care team relationship and cancer treatment outcomes, while Mallory and Devin expand on their instant friendship at the start of Mallory’s care.

Cancer Doctor Believes Music Soothes the Savage Disease

Publication: DailyTrib.com
08/09/2019
Cancer patients are encouraged to try creative pursuits, such as music, to help them in the recovery process. Andrew Shaw, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Marble Falls says that music can help patients relieve stress, relax, and lift spirits. He also emphasizes the importance of treating the whole patient, not just their disease.

Clinical Research Creating New Options to Battle Breast Cancer in San Antonio Women

Publication: WOAI-TV (NBC, San Antonio)
08/07/2019
When Kelly Moughon was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2017, she says a positive attitude and leap of faith helped her fight the disease. Under the care of Sharon Wilks, M.D., at Texas Oncology–San Antonio Northeast, she enrolled in an immunotherapy clinical trial with the drug Keytruda. For Kelly, this treatment shrunk the cancer in her breasts and prevented its spread to other parts of her body. Kelly says she’s living out her life in gratitude and looking forward to the future.

Tyler Woman Cancer-Free After Breakthrough Clinical Trial

Publication: KETK-TV (NBC, Tyler)
08/06/2019
Shelley Calhoun found out she was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease, in 2017. Under the care of Dr. Svetislava “Sasha” Vukelja at Texas Oncology–Tyler, Shelley enrolled in a clinical trial with the drug Keytruda and is now in remission thanks to the new research. Doctors are excited to see this type of immunotherapy treatment showing great promise for breast cancer patients like Shelley.

Fighting Rare Cancer Leads to New Outlook on Life

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
08/04/2019
For Bob Baker, a cancer diagnosis was the beginning of a long journey that ultimately led to a shift in priorities and a new perspective on life. He was diagnosed with a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer called carcinoid. After undergoing surgery and treatment with Dr. Declan Fleming of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Austin Central and Dr. Lakshmi “Bala” Balasubramanian of Texas Oncology–Round Rock, Bob is embracing a new, positive outlook on life.

Fighting Fear Itself and Finding the Courage to Seek Support During Cancer

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
08/01/2019
Bewilderment. Confusion. And perhaps most of all, fear. All of these feelings can accompany a diagnosis of cancer. Dr. Mathew Meeneghan of Texas Oncology–South Austin and Dr. Jamie Terry of Texas Breast Specialists–Houston Medical Center share tips for facing fear and seeking support during cancer.

Cancer Patients Turn to Creative Expression to Cope

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
07/31/2019
Andrew Shaw, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Cedar Park was featured on KVUE-TV discussing the benefits of creative expression for cancer patients as part of the healing process. In particular, studies have shown that music therapy can help patients address anxiety, reduce fatigue, and even manage pain. Dr. Shaw also notes the importance of emotional well-being, emphasizing Texas Oncology’s focus on treating the whole patient, not just their disease.

Local Cancer Survivor and Her Doctor Believe Communication, Friendship Helped Her Heal

Publication: KLTV-TV (ABC, Tyler)
07/25/2019
Devin Brecheen, PA-C, with Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center, and her patient Mallory Cox say their communication and new friendship has helped the healing process more than they could have ever imagined. Devin saw herself in Mallory, who was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, and thinks their connection impacted how Mallory responded, tolerated, and understood her treatment.

North Texas Woman Living Joyful Life Despite Birth Defects, 52 Surgeries

Publication: KTVT-TV (CBS, Dallas)
07/19/2019
For 30-year-old Lindsey Fletcher, a long and difficult medical journey isn't a reason to lament. Through 52 surgeries and years of treatment, Lindsey has stayed steadfastly positive and is now using her giving spirit to spread the message that being joyful is a choice.

American Cancer Society needs volunteers. Here's how you can help.

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
07/15/2019
The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program offers free rides for cancer patients to their medical appointments. Carol McDaniel, a breast cancer patient of Drs. Jane Chawla and Carl Nuesch of Texas Oncology–Austin Central, has been a participant of this program. Carol was joined by KVUE-TV on the ride to her last radiation appointment.

Bringing New Meaning to Fun in the Sun: Moving on After Melanoma

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
07/14/2019
Billie Elder loves the outdoors, and had planned to begin her retirement soaking up the sun with her dogs and her family. Then, she was diagnosed with melanoma. She was treated by Drs. Hareesha Vemuganti of Texas Oncology–Round Rock North and Declan Fleming of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Round Rock. Billie is looking forward to the road ahead and marking off items on her travel bucket list.

Genetics Role in Cancer: Gayle Patel

Publication: Austin Fit Magazine
07/01/2019
As part of Austin Fit magazine’s “Science of Wellness” issue, Gayle Patel, director of Texas Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) Program, discusses the role that genetics plays in cancer risk and development. She also explains how a person’s knowledge of their genetic history and decisions relating to lifestyle choices can help prevent cancer.

10 Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask About Your Cancer Diagnosis

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
07/01/2019
Asking questions is the best way for patients to stay informed about their cancer care. Dr. Shubhada Shrikhande of Texas Oncology–Austin North and Dr. Sanjay Sethi of Texas Oncology–Sugar Land outline 10 questions oncologists want patients to feel empowered to ask about their diagnosis.

A Cancer Treatment That Keeps Patients Close to Home

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
06/29/2019
The HIPEC surgery, which delivers heated chemotherapy to the abdomen, has improved survival rates for patients with advanced cancers. Kevin Kingsbury, a patient of Dr. Rebecca Wiatrek of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Austin Central, was expecting his first child when his colon cancer returned in 2017. Under Dr. Wiatrek’s care, he underwent the HIPEC procedure and is thankful for the opportunity to see his daughter grow up.

Heart Disease Risk in Breast Cancer Survivors

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
06/28/2019
New research has found that women over age 45 who undergo breast cancer treatment have an increased risk for developing heart disease. Dr. Andrew Brenner of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown discusses the study’s findings and how women receiving breast cancer treatment can lower their risk for heart disease.

Running for His Life: Why One Cancer Patient Refuses to Give Up

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
06/23/2019
Perseverance has been a theme in Ronald Strickland’s life. He was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in 2012 and later with lymphoma. Under the care of Dr. Sylvia Jaramillo at Texas Oncology–Austin North, Ronald received multiple lines of therapy and a successful stem cell transplant. According to Dr. Jaramillo, Ronald has been incredibly brave throughout this process and is an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Obesity-Related Cancer Deaths Are on the Rise

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
06/17/2019
When Texas Oncology–Fort Worth Cancer Center patient Betsy Freeman first found out about her disease, she had no idea her endometrial cancer diagnosis was linked to excess body weight. Betsy, alongside her oncologist, Dr. Noelle Cloven, discusses her journey to better health and outlines the impact weight has on gynecologic cancers.

Cancer Vaccine Developed In North Texas Could Be ‘As Simple As A Flu Shot’

Publication: KTVT-TV (CBS, Dallas-Fort Worth)
06/13/2019
A cancer immunotherapy for Ewing's sarcoma is now in the final stages of the FDA approval process. Dr. Maurizio Ghisoli of Texas Oncology–Medical City Dallas has been leading the clinical trial in Dallas and discusses its recent success.

New Breast Cancer Drug, Tested in Austin, 'Really Meaningful' for Treatment Community

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
06/10/2019
Last month, the FDA approved the drug alpelisib following success in clinical trials, conducted in part at Texas Oncology in Austin. Dr. Debra Patt, vice president of Texas Oncology, discusses the meaningful benefit the approval has for the breast cancer community.

Treating Cancer with Immunotherapy in DFW – One Year Later

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
06/09/2019

Around a year ago, a partnership between Texas Oncology and Baylor University Medical Center brought groundbreaking CAR-T therapy to the Dallas community. Through CAR-T therapy, cells are modified and the patient’s immune system is used to fight cancer. Over the past year, the partnership between Texas Oncology and Baylor University Medical Center has treated 16 patients with commercially available CAR-T. Meanwhile, 30 more patients were enrolled in clinical trials for a number of different cancers. Dr. Houston Holmes, medical director and principal investigator for CAR-T clinical trials at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, says that the field is moving rapidly, with more than 100 different CAR-T trials right now.

Like Father, Like Son, And Like Grandfather – When Cancer is All in the Family

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
06/09/2019
For Barry Howe, cancer runs in the family. In 2004, he was diagnosed with colon cancer, and then in 2005, Barry was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Following treatment under the care of Dr. Dina Tebcherany of Texas Oncology–South Austin, Barry has been cancer-free for more than 10 years. Barry is looking forward to the future and plans to pursue creative hobbies after he retires from his desk job.

Prakash Joins Texas Medical Assoc. Committee on Cancer

Publication: The Paris News
06/09/2019
Dr. Sucharu “Chris” Prakash, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Paris, recently joined the Texas Medical Association Committee on Cancer. 

Cancer and Motherhood: Breastfeeding Linked to Decreased Risk

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times, The Williamson County Sun
06/01/2019
Dr. Bridget O’Brien of Texas Breast Specialists–Georgetown and Dr. Michelina Cairo of Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City discusses an overlooked benefit of breastfeeding – lower cancer risk. Studies show that breastfeeding can reduce risk for breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.

Growing Importance of Community Oncologists in Clinical Research Evidenced by Large Number of Presentations at ASCO 2019

Publication: Onco'Zine
05/31/2019
During the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, Debra Patt, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Austin Central, was honored as a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO), a distinction that recognizes ASCO members for their extraordinary volunteer service, dedication, and commitment to the organization.

Proton Therapy Provides Real Value through Improved Outcomes and Quality of Life

Publication: The US Oncology Network
05/30/2019
Proton therapy is an advanced radiation therapy that uses protons to treat cancer rather than x-rays. Protons deliver the majority of their energy directly into the tumor and stop, minimizing exposure to adjacent healthy tissue. X-rays used in standard radiotherapy continue through the tumor, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation that can result in both short-and long-term side effects and secondary tumors.

“You Have Cancer, Sharon”: The Battle Before The Diagnosis

Publication: San Marcos Corridor News
05/29/2019
Dr. Roger Lyons of Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center and his patient Sharon Sander shared her journey as a world-class triathlete after being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Following her treatment, Sharon competed in the Texas State Sprint Triathlon on April 14, her first race since her diagnosis.

70 Show Up To Surprise East Texas Boxing Coach on Last Day of Chemotherapy Treatments

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
05/25/2019
Local boxing coach Shawn Vascocu celebrated the end of his chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer surrounded by about 70 supporters, including friends, family, and his oncologist Dr. Sasha Vukalja. Supporters surprised Shawn when he rang the celebration bell at Texas Oncology–Tyler.

Proton Therapy: A Path to Improved Outcomes and Quality of Life

Publication: OncologyLive
05/17/2019

Proton therapy is one of the most technologically advanced radiation modalities available today. Its unique ability to spare healthy tissue while delivering curative radiation doses to tumors results in fewer adverse events (AEs) and better quality of life for patients.

Clinical Trial Helps Advance Breast Cancer Research

Publication: Waco Today Magazine
05/02/2019
Breast cancer patient Cindie Young is now part of a clinical trial overseen by Dr. Carlos Encarnacion with Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle that aims to help her and others in their fight against breast cancer. The FLEX trial gathers data from the genetic standpoint and the clinic standpoint in order to determine the best course of treatment.

New mammogram guidelines might have women delaying cancer screening

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
05/02/2019
Following updated breast cancer screening guidelines from the American College of Physicians and varying recommendations from other medical organizations, Dr. Julie Sprunt of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin shared guidance on when and how often women should get screened.

Advance Care Planning: Three Tips for Making Personal Health Decisions

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times, and Round Rock Leader
05/01/2019
Dr. Quan Dang from Texas Oncology–Round Rock and Nurse Practitioner Janice Tran from Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City discusses three tips for making personal health decisions along your cancer journey. At Texas Oncology, advance care planning professionals, who are dedicated to helping patients make decisions that will be respected throughout the cancer journey, are on hand to help. 

State-wide event wrapping up in Waco for cancer survivors

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
04/24/2019
Ahead of the Texas Oncology Foundation Survive and Thrive Symposium in Waco, Dr. Carlos Encarnacion of Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle visited KXXV-TV’s “Central Texas Living” show to discuss the event and cancer survivorship. Dr. Encarnacion explains the importance of not only treating cancer, but also helping patients as they transition to survivors.

Oncologist Who Elevated Care in SE Texas Will be Honored at Gala

Publication: Beaumont Enterprise
04/24/2019
When Robert Birdwell was making the decision on what his specialty would be more than 40 years ago, clinical oncology had only recently been recognized as a medical specialty. In this interview with the Beaumont Enterprise, Dr. Birdwell discusses his decision to return to his hometown to establish a base for people in the area to receive groundbreaking cancer treatment.

Meet Debra A. Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, FASCO

Publication: ASCO Connection
04/24/2019
As vice president and medical oncologist at Texas Oncology, editor in chief of JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, and member of several related committees, Dr. Debra Patt as a wealth of experience in the oncology field. In this feature, Dr. Patt discusses her experience and what she envisions for the future of the field.

When should you get a mammogram to screen for breast cancer?

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
04/23/2019
Following updated breast cancer screening recommendations from the American College of Physicians, Dr. Julie Sprunt of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin shared guidance on when and how often women should get screened. According to Dr. Sprunt, individual risk factors including genetics should be considered, and women should talk with their doctors about a personalized approach.

Cancer Harder to Detect in Women with Dense Breasts

Publication: Houston Chronicle
04/15/2019
The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed new national standards to better communicate breast cancer risks for women with denser breasts. However, Texas providers have been ahead of the game in providing the breast density information to patients. Dr. Michelina Cairo, a breast oncologist at Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, shares thoughts to help women understand what they should know about dense breasts.

Mammogram Regulation Changes

Publication: WOAI-TV (NBC, San Antonio)
04/08/2019
Following new FDA mammography standards, Dr. Kathryn Wagner of Texas Breast Specialists–San Antonio Downtown discusses how these recommended changes will decrease the delay of diagnosis. The FDA now recommends women with dense breast tissue to seek out additional testing, in addition to setting a stricter timeline for mammogram results to be shared with women.

American Cancer Society Hosts Relay for Life Saturday to Honor Those Who've Fought Cancer

Publication: KDBC-TV (CBS, El Paso)
04/05/2019
Dr. Maria Aloba from Texas Oncology–El Paso Cancer Treatment Center Gateway discusses how screenings not only detect cancer, but also determine if a person is at risk to get cancer. Elma Balboa initially put off getting a mammogram, but will be celebrating being cancer-free for 21 years at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. 

FDA Proposes Changes to Breast Cancer Screenings

Publication: KFDX-TV (NBC, Wichita Falls)
04/05/2019
The FDA is proposing new mammography standards requiring providers equip patients with more information about breast density, a risk factor for breast cancer that makes screening more difficult. Praveen Reddy, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Wichita Falls Cancer Center, discusses the impact this will have on diagnosis.

Scars of Breast Cancer Are Not Just Physical

Publication: KTVT-TV (CBS, DFW) 
04/05/2019
Dr. Allison DiPasquale explains the unique nipple-sparing surgical technique she uses to help women feel like themselves after breast cancer surgery. Breast cancer survivor and patient Sara Corley shares her experience undergoing the procedure and her gratitude for feeling like herself after cancer.  

The Rise in Colon Cancer Among Younger Adults: What You Should Know

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
04/01/2019
In this penned byline, Branden Hsu, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Katy, and Rebecca Wiatrek, surgical oncologist with Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Austin Central, discuss the rise in colon cancer occurrence among young adults and provide insights on colon cancer awareness, education, and prevention.

Michael Irvin Fears He Has Throat Cancer: What You Should Know About the Disease

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
03/27/2019
Having made the decision to see specialists to determine whether he has throat cancer, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin is opening up about the serious health scare. Dr. Jared Sturgeon, radiation oncologist with Texas Center for Proton Therapy, discusses the symptoms associated with throat cancer and outlines the importance of early detection.

Michael Irvin Undergoing Throat Cancer Tests

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
03/27/2019
Having made the decision to see specialists to determine whether he has throat cancer, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin is opening up about the serious health scare. Dr. Jared Sturgeon, radiation oncologist with Texas Center for Proton Therapy, discusses the symptoms associated with throat cancer and outlines the importance of early detection.

Genetic Testing Helps SA Family Prevent Cancer

Publication: KSAT12-TV (ABC, San Antonio)
03/27/2019
As a result of genetic testing, ovarian cancer patient Farrell Reyes was able to identify a BRCA mutation, allowing not only her to receive special insight into her diagnosis, but it also helped her family understand their risks. Dr. Joseph de la Garza, gynecologic oncologist with Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center, discusses the benefits of genetic testing for patients and their families.

CARDIO & CHEMO: How Exercising is Helping Cancer Patients Stay Strong

Publication: KETK–TV (NBC, Tyler)
03/25/2019
In this special report, “A ‘Kickstart’ Against Cancer,” Dr. Sasha Strain discusses the research-backed FitSteps for Life program, which involves exercising prior to chemotherapy to improve clinical outcomes. Two of Dr. Strains patients are also featured, sharing their drastic lifestyle changes after starting the program and the success they’ve experienced from a clinical perspective, advocating for the efficacy of exercising during treatment.
 

Obesity-related cancers are rising fast

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
03/22/2019
Following a recent study showing a rise in obesity-related cancers among millennials, Dr. Helen Eshed of Texas Oncology–Austin Central discusses the six obesity-related cancers that saw the highest rise among millennials and encourages people to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer.

Doctor’s Point Of View: Dr. Mathew Meeneghan on Cancer Prevention

Publication: KULM-FM, Bastrop, TX
03/19/2019
Dr. Mathew Meeneghan of Texas Oncology–Bastrop and Texas Oncology–South Austin discusses early detection for cancer and risk factors, including tobacco use, excess alcohol consumption and the rise in obesity-related cancers, on KULM-FM’s “Doctor’s Point of View” segment.

Beat Cancer Before You Have It—Prevent It

Publication: San Antonio Express-News
03/17/2019
Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center medical oncologist and hematologist, John Renshaw, M.D. details what actions can be taken to prevent cancer before it occurs. Quitting smoking, eating right, limiting drinking and exercising can all lower one's risk of cancer. 

Waco: Woman survives cancer with help from previous trials

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS, Waco)
03/15/2019
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion of Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle and his patient Cindie Young discuss the importance of clinical trials and seeking out additional testing. For Cindie, additional testing led to a breast cancer diagnosis and informed her cancer care team of the most effective and least invasive treatment approach.

FLEX Clinical Trial at Texas Oncology

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
03/11/2019
Ongoing progress in cancer care depends on a patient's willingness to try new drugs and treatments. Dr. Carlos Encarnacion of Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle and his patient Cindie Young were featured on KXXV-TV’s “Central Texas Living” show to discuss Cindie’s involvement in the FLEX trial and the impact of local cancer research.

Why Alex Trebek’s pancreatic cancer is a difficult cancer to treat

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
03/08/2019
Following Alex Trebek’s pancreatic cancer announcement, Dr. Jeff Yorio of Texas Oncology–Austin Central explains risk factors, symptoms, types of pancreatic cancer and why it’s difficult to treat. While pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., Dr. Yorio acknowledges that it receives less research attention than other types of cancers, and there are still advancements to be made to improve treatment outcomes for patients.

Cancer Specialist Discusses Pancreatic Cancer

Publication: KXAN–TV (NBC, Austin)
03/07/2019
Dr. Declan Fleming from Texas Oncology–Austin Central gives insight on pancreatic cancer after Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced his diagnosis. 

Local Oncologist Gives Cancer Prevention Tips for Borderland

Publication: KTSM–TV (NBC, El Paso) 
03/06/2019
Dr. Miguel Albino from Texas OncologyEl Paso Cancer Treatment Center Gateway details various cancer prevention tips. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy, taking part in physical activity, limiting alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking. 

Using 3D Mammography to Detect Cancer in Younger Women

Publication: KRIV–TV (FOX, Houston)
03/05/2019
Dr. Jamie Terry from Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City explains how 3D mammographies are better at detecting breast cancer than 2D mammographies. The 3D mammography allows physicians to detect smaller breast cancers and at an early stage. 

Recruitment and Retention Efforts Address Oncology Nursing Shortage

Publication: Oncology Nursing News
03/03/2019
Oncology Nursing News interviewed experts from Texas Oncology to learn more about efforts underway that address nurse shortages and low retention efforts. Talent Acquisition Specialist Meggan Swierkowski, from Texas Oncology, attributes her organization’s success with managing openings to three points: referrals made by employees who are happy with their work, the organizational culture, and a supportive practice environment.

Three Ways to Cut Your Cancer Risk and Take Back Your Health

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
03/01/2019
The World Health Organization reports that 30 to 50 percent of all cancers may be preventable. Drs. Punit Chadha, Texas Oncology–South Austin, and Michelina Cairo, Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, discuss steps to improving overall health and preventing cancer.

Health Watch: Cancer No Longer Has to Be a Career Ender

Publication: Air Line Pilots Association, International 
03/01/2019

Captain David Whitson was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and received treatment and a bone marrow transplant at the Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Whitson now encourages everyone to donate blood and urges those interested to join the national bone marrow registry.

Man Meets Machine: Allen Cancer Patient Gets Close-Up Look Medical City Mckinney's Da Vinici XI

Publication: Allen American 
02/26/2019
Dr. Nathan Smallwood showed a patient the da Vinici Xi sugical robot at Medical City McKinney after bonding over machines throughout the patient's cancer journey. 

'Why Wouldn't You Do It?' Rare Cancer Gets North Texas Mother Vocal About HPV Vaccine

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
02/18/2019
Liz Lancaster, a North Texas mother and wife who works at a district office of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, isn't a loud person. But a diagnosis with a rare form of cancer - vulvar cancer - inspired her to get vocal about the HPV vaccination. 

Sabinal Group Spreads Love with Quilts for Cancer Patients

Publication: Uvalde Leader-News
02/18/2019

The Sabinal Quilters' Club visited Texas Oncology-Uvalde to express kindness to patients by gifting quilts to help keep them warm during treatments. In total, the club donated 28 quilts to patients, all of different colors and sizes.

Registration Open for Free Symposium Empowering Cancer Survivors

Publication: WOAI-TV (NBC, San Antonio)
02/01/2019
Dr. Melissa Crawley and patient Kelly Daughety stopped by News 4 San Antonio's Evening Break with a preview of the Survive and Thrive symposium, a free event that helps cancer survivors and their families navigate life after the disease.

Top Five Cancer Trends in 2019

Publication: Austin Medical Times
02/01/2019
Dr. James Uyeki outlines the top five cancer care trends of 2019 in a bylined article in the Austin Medical Times.

Oncology Research: Top Five Cancer Trends In 2019

Publication: Houston Medical Times
02/01/2019
Dr. Muffaddal Morkas outlines the top five cancer care trends of 2019 in a bylined article in the Houston Medical Times.
 

Memorable Moments in Medicine

Publication: Wacoan Magazine
02/01/2019
Dr. Carl Chakmakjian of Texas Oncology–Waco discusses his memorable moments in medicine as part of the Wacoan Magazine’s health issue. 

Cancer Patient Marks End of Proton Therapy with Gong Ceremony

Publication: Rambler Newspapers
01/31/2019

Six-year-old, Caitlynee Truett, celebrated her final proton treatment on January 23 with a gong ceremony. After Caitlynne was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, she received proton therapy – an ultra-precise form of radiation – at Texas Center for Proton Therapy.

6-Year-Old Completes Final Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
01/24/2019
This week, six year old Caitlynne Truett completed her 30th specialized cancer treatment at the Texas Center for Proton Therapy in Irving, after being diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, last fall. Under the care of radiation oncologist Dr. Victor Mangona, Caitlynne has seen incredible improvement and will move forward with chemotherapy, as ever, with a smile and a positive attitude.

6-Year-Old Girl Battles Aggressive Brain Cancer with Proton Therapy

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
01/24/2019
A large brain tumor left a six-year-old girl unable to walk or talk. After her brain tumor resection and proton therapy - an ultra-precise form of radiation - at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, she is talking, doing arts and crafts, and singing again. Caitlynne will move forward with chemotherapy, but she and her family wrapped up her final proton treatment on January 23 with big smiles and a celebration.

Patient Adherence, a Challenge of Oral Chemotherapy

Publication: Targeted Oncology
01/21/2019
Unlike traditional infusion oncology—where doctors, nurses and pharmacists directly oversee the process—oral chemotherapy requires the patients themselves to correctly administer the drug. Jim Schwartz, executive director of pharmacy operations at Texas Oncology, discusses the evolution of patient involvement in cancer treatment.

Why do Texans need to worry about unhealthy weight and cancer?

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
01/20/2019
Following an American Cancer Society study showing that Texas leads the country with the highest rate of cancers caused by excess body weight (EBW), Dr. Mika Cline of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown discusses the possible reasons why Texas has the highest rate of these cancers and the relationship between EBW and cancer risk, in addition to sharing tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. 

AJMCtv® Interviews, January 2019

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care.
01/18/2019
Lalan Wilfong, hematologist and medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas, discusses key learnings in the Oncology Care Model (OCM) and how they can be applied to other reform models. Dr. Wilfong outlines how Texas Oncology's experience with the OCM has enabled the practice to develop its patient-centric approach and increase shared decision making with patients.

The Benefits of Medically Integrated Dispensing for Cancer Drugs

Publication: Targeted Oncology
01/17/2019
Although oral chemotherapy has dramatically changed the face of cancer treatment, how the drugs are dispensed can be nearly as important as the drugs themselves. Gury Doshi, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City discusses current drug dispensement practices and how medical integration can benefit cancer care.

Texas Ranks #1 for Highest Rate of Obesity-Related Cancers

Publication: KENS-TV (CBS, San Antonio)
01/13/2019
Following a recent American Cancer Society study showing that Texas leads the country with the highest rate of cancers caused by excess body weight (EBW), Dr. John Renshaw of Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center shares tips for achieving a healthier lifestyle.

Elementary School Teacher Battling Rare Form of Cancer

Publication: WOAI-TV (NBC, San Antonio)
01/12/2019
After being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer – bile duct cancer – most commonly found in elderly men, 31-year-old Victoria Flores is taking on treatment with support from her family and care team, led by Sridhar Beeram, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center.

Finding Balance: 7 Life Hacks If Your Loved One Has Cancer

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
01/09/2019
Caregivers are the unsung heroes of cancer care. They stand with patients to provide critical emotional and physical support and care that enables cancer patients to complete their treatments. Recognizing the role of caregivers can be overwhelming at times, Drs. Andrew Shaw, Texas Oncology–Cedar Park, and Sanjay Sethi, Texas Oncology–Sugarland, outline a few practical steps to help caregivers find balance.

Texas leads the nation in cancers caused by weight

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
01/04/2019
Following a recent American Cancer Society study showing that Texas leads the country with the highest rate of cancers caused by excess body weight (EBW), Dr. Andrew Brenner of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown explains how being overweight can lead to cancer and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 

Revolutionizing The Patient Experience Through Next-Generation Cancer Care

Publication: The Jewish Outlook 
01/01/2019
In The Jewish Outlook's annual Health & Fitness section, Dr. Krishna Patel discusses the new treatments and technologies that are revolutionizing the patient experience as part of the next generation of cancer care.

Dr Lalan Wilfong on Texas Oncology's Experience With the OCM

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
12/29/2018
Lalan Wilfong, medical oncologist and hematologist with Texas Oncology–Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas, discusses the Oncology Care Model (OCM) and the ways in which the model has been challenging for practices. According to Dr. Wilfong, the OCM has helped Texas Oncology become more patient-centric in its approach to cancer care.

Habte Yimer, MD, Regarding the Lyra Trial in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Presented at ASH 2018

Publication: Oncology Business Review
12/14/2018
Habte Yimer, hematologist and medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Tyler, addresses the impact of Lyra, a Phase 2 study investigating daratumumab in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients.

Habte Yimer, MD, Considers the Outcomes of the GRIFFIN Study in Multiple Myeloma

Publication: Oncology Business Review
12/14/2018
Habte Yimer, hematologist and medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Tyler, discusses the outcomes of the GRIFFIN study, a phase 2 clinical study examining daratumumab, bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone versus RVD in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients.

Habte Yimer, MD, Regarding the POLLUX and CASTOR Studies Presented at ASH 2018

Publication: Oncology Business Review
12/14/2018
Habte Yimer, hematologist and medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Tyler, offers opinion on how the POLLUX and CASTOR studies shape thinking regarding the use of daratumumab for multiple myeloma patients.

Habte Yimer, MD, Speculates on the Future of Anti-BCMA CAR-T Cell Therapy

Publication: Oncology Business Review
12/14/2018
Habte Yimer, hematologist and medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Tyler, shares thoughts on whether anti-BCMA CAR-T cell therapy looks promising as a treatment option for multiple myeloma patients.

How Genetics Can Affect Your Chances of Developing Breast Cancer

Publication: KHOU-TV (CBS, Houston)
12/12/2018
Dr. Arthy Yoga, breast surgeon with Texas Breast Specialists–Humble, stopped by Great Day Houston to share information on how genetics can play a role in a breast cancer diagnosis and ways to help prevent it.

Dr. Jeff Sharman Discusses Standard of Care for CLL Based on Treatment Setting

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
12/03/2018
Dr. Jeff Sharman, medical director for The US Oncology Network, discusses the standard of care for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in the first-line setting and the relapsed setting during the American Society of Hematology 60th Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego.

Creativity and Cancer: Using Art To Help With Healing

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times 
12/01/2018
For cancer patients, artistic expression can be a form of therapeutic healing. Texas Oncology physicians discuss the countless opportunities for cancer patients to engage in artistic endeavor as a coping strategy.

Kendra Scott gives special holiday gifts to Texas Oncology patients

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
11/29/2018
Dr. Ryan Tierney, radiation oncologist at Texas Oncology–South Austin, discusses the patient impact of Kendra Scott gifting events at Texas Oncology. For four years, Texas Oncology has partnered with Kendra Scott to gift Rose Quartz jewelry – the stone of healing – to local breast cancer patients.

Mineola Artist Thankful for Life and Art

Publication: KETK-TV (NBC, Tyler)
11/23/2018
For breast cancer patient Melissa Brown, art provided an outlet to escape the trials of her diagnosis and challenges of chemotherapy. Despite a demanding treatment schedule, Melissa continued creating art for her stained glass studio as a reminder to be thankful for life and her work.

Mineola Artist Thankful for Life After Beating Breast Cancer

Publication: KETK-TV (NBC, Tyler)
11/22/2018
For breast cancer patient Melissa Brown, art provided an outlet to escape the trials of cancer therapy. Despite a challenging treatment schedule, Melissa and her mother continued working in their stained glass art studio as a reminder to be thankful for life and the little things.

Telemedicine: When I'm Here, But My Doctor Is There

Publication: Healthy Magazine
11/15/2018
While location would ideally never be a factor in a patient's access to specialized cancer care, in a state as vast as Texas patients often travel long distances for consultations and treatment. Dr. Benjamin West, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–McAllen, discusses how telemedicine enables physicians to connect directly with patients who need highly specialized care, even if they live many miles away from the physicians’ offices and clinics.

Lung Cancer: Breathe in the Facts, Bust the Myths

Publication: Healthy Magazine
11/15/2018
As 20 percent of Americans that die of lung cancer each year have never smoked, there are many myths associated with the cancer. Dr. Rogelio Salinas, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–McAllen, and Dr. Benjamin West, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Harlingen, discuss the facts and myths of lung cancer.

Memorial Hermann’s Team Approach Makes Woman a Breast Cancer Survivor

Publication: KHOU-TV (CBS, Houston)
11/12/2018
Dr. Michelina Cairo, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, and Dr. Jamie Terry, breast surgeon with Texas Breast Specialists–Houston Memorial City, discuss symptoms and treatment approaches for breast cancer patients, as well as how a team approach was beneficial in helping Jenna D’Amico fight and beat breast cancer.

You’ve got a diagnosis. Here’s what you should ask next.

Publication: Sherman Herald Democrat
11/09/2018
Dr. Azmina Patel discusses important questions for patients to ask upon receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Although a breast cancer diagnosis can cause uncertainty, Dr. Patel says patients should ask questions that center on the treatment options available and the goals of those treatments.

Women now have more options for breast cancer detection than ever before

Publication: Sherman Herald Democrat
11/09/2018
Dr. Azmina Patel discusses risk factors associated with breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Dr. Patel says early detection with regular mammograms is the single most effective way to combat the condition.

Community Oncologists Divided on the Value of Biosimilars

Publication: The Center for Biosimilars
11/09/2018
At the Community Oncology Alliance Payer Summary, Dr. Lalan Wilfong, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas, discussed the upcoming availability of anticancer biosimilars as treatment options. According to Dr. Wilfong, practices are looking forward to the development of biosimilars due to the prospect that prices may fall for cancer therapy.

Dr Scott Paulson: Role of Somatostatin Analogs, Biomarkers in Treatment of GEP-NETs

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
11/06/2018
Dr. Scott Paulson, medical director for the Neuroendocrine Research and Treatment Center at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center discusses how somatostatins have been the most game-changing drug in the treatment landscape of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.

Casting for Recovery

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin) 
11/02/2018

Dr. Lakshmi Bala of Texas Oncology–Cedar Park joined Casting for Recovery’s Lise Lozelle on KTBC-TV’s “Good Day Austin” to discuss the organization’s fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. In this interview, Dr. Bala discusses her involvement as a retreat Medical Coordinator as well as the unique benefits that these retreats offer patients.

Telemedicine: When I’m Here, But My Doctor Is There

Publication: Austin Medical Times 
11/01/2018
In recent years, there have been extraordinary medical and technological advancements in healthcare. Dr. Rebecca Fisher of the Austin Brain Tumor Center pens an article detailing how telemedicine is impacting cancer care.

Business & Professional Women In Austin: Helen Dinkelspiel Eshed, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist, Texas Oncology

Publication: The Jewish Outlook 
11/01/2018
In The Jewish Outlook's annual special section highlighting business and professional women, Dr. Helen Eshed discusses what led her to focus on gynecologic oncology, her typical day and what inspires her on the job. 

Breast Cancer Survivors Show

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
10/30/2018

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WFAA kicked their survivors special off by discussing innovative proton therapy treatment available for breast cancer patients at Texas Center for Proton Therapy. Patient Patty Braselton attended as one of 40 breast cancer survivors seated in the studio audience.

How Can You Best Support Your Employee or Coworker With Cancer?

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
10/30/2018
Cancer has myriad forms and touches nearly everyone at some point in life, but handling its occurrence can be especially complicated in the workplace. Mike Marino, practice director at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center; Jenn Paxton, social worker with Texas Oncology–Methodist Charlton Cancer Center; and cancer patient Kim Snipes discuss best practices for patients, co-workers, and employers to adjust for a cancer diagnosis in the workplace.

Dr Lalan Wilfong on the Struggle for Reimbursement of Novel Cancer Therapies

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
10/30/2018
In a video interview with AJMC, Lalan Wilfong, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Presbytarian Cancer Center Dallas, discusses oncology payment reform, as well as the Oncology Care Model, including how Texas Oncology has implemented it across the practice, in addition to his take on the use of biosimilars in oncology care today.

Decorating Pumpkins Puts Cancer Patients in Halloween Spirit

Publication: Spectrum News San Antonio
10/30/2018
Patients and staff at Texas Oncology–San Antonio Northeast are getting in the Halloween spirit by painting pumpkins for the annual Scare Off Cancer event. Cancer patient Robert Arceo discusses how painting pumpkins makes the long cancer treatments go by quickly.

Dr. Jared Sturgeon Discusses Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer

Publication: WFAA
10/29/2018

Jared Sturgeon, M.D., Ph.D., sat down with WFAA’s ‘Good Morning Texas’ team to discuss proton therapy as a treatment option for breast cancer.

Lessons Learned In Building Proton Therapy Centers

Publication: Healthcare Design Magazine
10/29/2018
The cyclotron at the Texas Center for Proton Therapy in Irving, Texas, is big. Weighing 220 tons—or as much as a fully loaded Boeing 757—the unit had to be welded to the bottom of the ship that brought it to the Port of Houston from Belgium because if it shifted even slightly during the voyage, it could capsize the boat.

Christy MacDonald Believes in Being Proactive About Breast Cancer Screenings

Publication: The Dallas Morning News
David Buice, Belo Content Studio
10/28/2018
Christy MacDonald’s family has fought breast cancer for several generations. Both her great-grandmother and grandmother had it, and her mother is now a five-year survivor. Given this family legacy and her own recent breast cancer diagnosis, Christy has become a passionate and determined advocate for mammograms and regular screenings.

Jana King: Cancer’s Love Language - Healing and Giving

Publication: Austin American-Statesman 
10/28/2018
Jana King was diagnosed with breast cancer as she was planning for retirement as a high school administrator, and was treated by Dr. Dina Tebcherany of Texas Oncology—South Austin. Jana used her experience to help others in the community, including volunteering at local organizations supporting disadvantaged populations. As a survivor, Jana also used this experience to encourage other women in her life to get mammograms regularly.

DeSoto Woman Chooses to Have Breast Cancer Surgery Broadcast Live on Facebook

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
10/25/2018

Dr. Allison DiPasquale, Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center, successfully performed a lumpectomy on a breast cancer patient, while streaming on Facebook Live Wednesday. The video of Dr. DiPasquale operating on her patient, Sonia Johnson, has been watched by around 50,000 people. Dr. DiPasquale and Sonia agreed to stream live stream the procedure to promote diligent breast cancer screenings for women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Texas Woman Has Breast Cancer Surgery on Facebook Live

Publication: CBS News
10/25/2018
Dr. Allison DiPasquale, Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center, successfully performed a lumpectomy on a breast cancer patient, while streaming on Facebook Live Wednesday. The video of Dr. DiPasquale operating on her patient, Sonia Johnson, has been watched by around 50,000 people. Dr. DiPasquale and Sonia agreed to stream live stream the procedure to promote diligent breast cancer screenings for women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Texas Grandmother Sonia Johnson Livestreams Breast Cancer Surgery on Facebook

Publication: Inside Edition
10/25/2018

Dr. Allison DiPasquale, Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center, successfully performed a lumpectomy on a breast cancer patient, while streaming on Facebook Live Wednesday. The video of Dr. DiPasquale operating on her patient, Sonia Johnson, has been watched by around 50,000 people. Dr. DiPasquale and Sonia agreed to stream live stream the procedure to promote diligent breast cancer screenings for women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Doctors Perform Breast Cancer Surgery Live at Dallas Hospital

Publication: KDFW-TV (FOX, Dallas), KSAZ-TV (FOX, Phoenix)
10/25/2018

Dr. Allison DiPasquale, Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center, successfully performed a lumpectomy on a breast cancer patient, while streaming on Facebook Live Wednesday. The video of Dr. DiPasquale operating on her patient, Sonia Johnson, has been watched by around 50,000 people. Dr. DiPasquale and Sonia agreed to stream live stream the procedure to promote diligent breast cancer screenings for women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Texas Doctors Perform Breast Cancer Surgery Live On Facebook

Publication: KTVT-TV (CBS, Fort Worth)
10/25/2018

Dr. Allison DiPasquale, Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center, successfully performed a lumpectomy on a breast cancer patient, while streaming on Facebook Live Wednesday. The video of Dr. DiPasquale operating on her patient, Sonia Johnson, has been watched by around 50,000 people. Dr. DiPasquale and Sonia agreed to stream live stream the procedure to promote diligent breast cancer screenings for women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Texas Woman Livestreams Her Own Breast Cancer Surgery to 26,000 Facebook Users as She Urges Others to Get Checked

Publication: Daily Mail
10/25/2018
Dr. Allison DiPasquale, Texas Breast Specialists-Methodist Charlton Cancer Center, successfully performed a lumpectomy on a breast cancer patient, while streaming on Facebook Live Wednesday. The video of Dr. DiPasquale operating on her patient, Sonia Johnson, has been watched by around 50,000 people. Dr. DiPasquale and Sonia agreed to stream live stream the procedure to promote diligent breast cancer screenings for women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

ER Nurse Supports Race for the Cure After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Publication: KDFW-TV (FOX, Dallas)
10/24/2018

Breast cancer survivor and emergency room nurse Shannon Oyewole shares her emotional breast cancer journey and her involvement in the Komen Race for the Cure. Texas Breast Specialists–Methodist Charlton Cancer Center breast surgeon Dr. Dipasquale explains both the clinical details and emotional impact of breast cancer in Shannon’s case. 

What Did We Learn at the D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel?

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
10/23/2018
At D CEO Healthcare's inaugural breakfast panel, four experts elaborated on current trends in the health care landscape from immunotherapy to how big data is impacting cancer care. Dr. Steven Paulson, president of Texas Oncology discussed recent advances in cancer care that have enabled providers to target and optimize new therapies.

To Survive Breast Cancer, Kathleen Bailey Had to Find Her Voice

Publication: The Dallas Morning News
10/21/2018
Kathleen Bailey has spent much of her adult life lovingly caring for her ailing father and mother, her in-laws, and a cousin suffering from multiple myeloma. Now, after surviving her own breast cancer diagnosis, Kathleen is facing life with renewed passion by helping provide therapy for other recovering cancer patients.

Christina Duhon: Hook, Line and Sinking Cancer

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
10/21/2018
After discovering a lump in her breast during her second pregnancy, Christina Duhon waited until after delivery to have the lump removed and examined - only to find out it was cancerous. With a desire to be a part of an innovative treatment, Christina asked her doctors to enroll her in a clinical trial that offered improvement in disease control by adding a novel targeted inhibitor agent to standard treatment.

Dr. Scott Paulson on Standard of Treatment, Novel Approaches Being Taken in GEP-NETs

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
10/19/2018
Dr. Scott Paulson, co-director of the Gastrointestinal Research Program for The US Oncology Network and medical director for the Neuroendocrine Research and Treatment Center at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, explains the current standard of treatment and novel approaches being taken in gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs).

Breast Reconstruction and "Go Flat" Movement

Publication: KNVA-TV (CW, Austin) 
10/18/2018
Dr. Bridget O’Brien of Texas Breast Specialists–Cedar Park visited KNVA-TV’s “Studio 512” to discuss the emotional decision behind breast reconstruction and the “go flat” movement, including the options available and factors breast cancer patients should consider when making this decision.

A Doctor's Point of View: Breast Cancer Prevention

Publication: 98.3 KULM-FM (Columbus, TX)
10/16/2018
Dr. Matthew Meeneghan of Texas Oncology–Bastrop joined KULM-FM 98.3 to discuss breast cancer on “A Doctor’s Point of View” radio show. Dr. Meeneghan explained the importance of screening and early detection, tumor growth, and treatment options.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin) 
10/15/2018

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Heather King of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin visited KTBC-TV’s “Good Day Austin” to discuss breast cancer reconstruction, including the different options available, pros and cons and what patients should know when making this personal decision.

Common Breast Cancer Myths: The Truth About Breast Cancer

Publication: Healthy Magazine, Cleburne Times-Review
10/15/2018
While millions of people are breast cancer survivors, it remains the most common cancer affecting women. Regardless of the high survival rate of breast cancer, Dr. Nurul Wahid, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–McAllen, and Dr. Sandhya Bejjanki, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Cleburne, often hear misconceptions or myths about the disease from patients. This penned byline addresses the facts and dispels common myths surrounding breast cancer.

Should You Get Genetic Testing for Cancer?

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
10/15/2018
Gayle Patel, director of the genetic risk evaluation and testing program with Texas Oncology, discusses recent advances in genetic cancer testing. She will speak to these advances, BRCA gene mutations, and how to manage and prevent hereditary cancers at a local event aimed at community members of Eastern European Jewish decent.

Karen Thomas: Powering Through Cancer, One Step At A Time

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
10/14/2018
Karen Thomas, known to friends and family as K.T., has always been serious about preventive health care and has maintained her routine mammogram schedule for nearly 50 years. After an annual exam in 2018, she was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer and received care by Dr. Michelle Ashworth of Texas Oncology–Round Rock. An avid cyclist and power walker, K.T. powered through her cancer journey by maintaining her active lifestyle.

Cancer in the Breast That’s Not “Breast Cancer”? Young Survivor Sierra Galvez Beats Rare Disease and Resumes Career Plan

Publication: The Dallas Morning News
10/14/2018
At age 18, Sierra Galvez was diagnosed with a breast angiosarcoma, a very rare — and aggressive — form of cancer. Throughout intensive treatment, Sierra continued her studies and is now working with an audio-viusal program for patients at a local children's hospital.

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. R. Steven Paulson

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
10/14/2018
Dr. R. Steven Paulson is a specialist in medical oncology and hematology who leads Texas Oncology as president and board chairman. He will be one of the featured panelists for D CEO’s healthcare breakfast.

Build Them Back or Go Flat?

Publication: More than Pink Podcast (Austin)
10/12/2018
Dr. Julie Sprunt of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin appeared on Susan G. Komen Austin’s More than Pink Podcast to discuss the implications of reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Sprunt explains the breast reconstruction options available and what breast cancer patients should consider when making this important decision.

Austin Area Woman Says Co-Workers Helped Her Through Breast Cancer Treatment

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
10/10/2018
Patient Mindy Sue Cohen was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time just as she was starting a new job. She shares the many ways her colleagues stepped in to support her during treatment. She is joined by Dr. Debra Patt of Texas Oncology–Austin Central, who explains the impact of a supportive workplace environment for cancer patients as they define a new “normal” during and after treatment. 

"Albums of Hope" Passed Out to Breast Cancer Patients for Encouragement

Publication: KYTX-TV (CBS, Tyler)
10/09/2018

Texas Oncology–Tyler hosted a celebration for dozens of breast cancer patients, their caretakers, and survivors in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Albums of Hope” were shared with attendees to offer encouragement and words of affirmation to those battling the disease.

Texas Oncology Goes Pink in Support of Turn Tyler Pink

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
10/09/2018
Texas Oncology celebrated Turn Tyler Pink, an event to raise awareness and funds for local cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Sasha Vukelja, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Tyler, sprayed CBS19’s Lexie Hudson with pink silly string while she stood live on-air next to a pink sports car and wearing a life-size pink ribbon.

Shruti Babu: When Culture And Cancer Collide

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
10/07/2018
Shruti Babu, a breast cancer patient of Texas Breast Specialist Dr. Julie Sprunt and Dr. Punit Chadha of Texas Oncology–South Austin, was a young mom when she was diagnosed with cancer. For Shruti, her Indian heritage played a significant role in her cancer journey. Through her Instagram account, she has inspired and connected with other Indian moms who are also cancer survivors, just like her.

Longview Offers New, Advanced Breast Cancer Screening and Treatments

Publication: Longview News-Journal
10/07/2018
At Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center, clinical trials are paving the way for new breast cancer treatments available to Longview residents, including targeted therapy, which leverages the patient’s own immune system to fight cancer, often resulting in more effective treatment with fewer side effects than chemotherapy.

Young Cancer Survivor Brandy Villere Is Living Proof of a Mother’s Resilience

Publication: The Dallas Morning News
10/07/2018
For breast cancer patient Brandy Villere, discovering her diagnosis was not going to stop her from becoming a mother. Nearly four years and several cancer and fertility treatments later, she and her husband Michael have welcomed daughter Brielle Elizabeth.

Dr. Scott Paulson on Current Challenges in the NETs Treatment Landscape

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
10/06/2018
Dr. Scott Paulson, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, discusses current challenges in the treatment landscape of neuroendocrine tumors. He says the biggest challenge we have right now is figuring out how to sequence all of these therapies and how to pick the right patient to sequence those treatments.

A Breast Surgeon Told Us How to Actually Give Yourself a Breast Self-Exam, Because It Doesn't Have to be Scary

Publication: HelloGiggles
10/03/2018
Dr. Sangeetha Kolluri, breast surgeon with Texas Breast Specialists–San Antonio Northeast, spoke to HelloGiggles about the importance of self-exams and outlined best practices for performing them.

3 Steps to Self-Exams

Publication: KPRC-TV (NBC, Houston)
10/01/2018

Dr. Arthy Yoga, breast surgeon with Texas Breast Specialists–Humble, discusses the best ways to conduct a self-exam for breast cancer, as well as the biggest risk factors for male breast cancer.

Surgery After Cancer: Breast Reconstruction Considerations

Publication: Austin Medical Times
10/01/2018
With breast cancer, physical scars intersect with emotional and psychological wounds. Dr. Heather King of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin pens an article discussing the deeply personal decision behind reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients.

26 Breast Cancer Myths Doctors Want You to Stop Believing

Publication: HelloGiggles
10/01/2018
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, HelloGiggles asked seven experts to reveal common breast cancer myths that they wish patients would stop believing. Among those included were Dr. Sangeetha Kolluri, breast surgeon at Texas Breast Specialists–San Antonio Northeast, who discussed the disease’s biggest risk factors.

You've Just Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer: Now What?

Publication: Absolutely! Brazos, Absolutely! Katy, Fort Bend Focus
09/29/2018
Medical oncologists with Texas Oncology help many breast cancer patients navigate through the complex maze of their healthcare journey. This byline outlines recommendations for what women should do, and not do, when they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

A Bell Ringing for Hope

Publication: KIDY-TV (FOX, San Angelo)
09/27/2018

James Boone and family have dedicated a 'survivor bell' to Texas Oncology–Abilene for cancer patients to ring in celebration at the completion of their treatment journey. The donation was made in appreciation of the care given to James' parents, Gene and Charmaine Boone.

Three Things You Can Do to Prevent Breast Cancer

Publication: Women Magazine
09/24/2018
As a breast cancer specialist, Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Austin Central, encounters women each day in her practice with new breast cancers. In this penned byline, she outlines simple steps every woman can take to reduce their risk of developing the disease.

Texas Oncology Survivor Bell

Publication: KRBC-TV (NBC, Abilene)
09/23/2018

James Boone and family have dedicated a 'survivor bell' to Texas Oncology–Abilene for cancer patients to ring in celebration at the completion of their treatment journey. The donation was made in appreciation of the care given to James' parents, Gene and Charmaine Boone.

Survivor Bell

Publication: KTAB-TV (CBS, Abilene)
09/23/2018

James Boone and family have dedicated a 'survivor bell' to Texas Oncology–Abilene for cancer patients to ring in celebration at the completion of their treatment journey. The donation was made in appreciation of the care given to James' parents, Gene and Charmaine Boone.

What the Abilene Reporter-News Liked and Disliked: Kings and Queens

Publication: Abilene Reporter-News
09/21/2018
Texas Oncology–Abilene on Friday dedicated a bell at its clinic that will be rung to celebrate the end of treatment for cancer patients. The donation was made by James Boone and other family members in appreciation for care given to Gene and Charmaine Boone, his parents.

Texas Doctor Turns the Tables, Lets His Cancer Patients Shave His Head

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
09/20/2018

It's no secret that chemotherapy can cause patients to lose their hair, but one Texas doctor let his patients shave his head instead. The goal for Dr. Paul Loar, gynecologic oncologist with Texas Oncology–Austin North, was to find a way to have fun and provide his patients with a laugh.

Local Cancer Patients Shave Oncologist's Head

Publication: Spectrum News, Austin
09/20/2018

Dr. Paul Loar, gynecologic oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin North, opted to have his cancer patients shave his head in advance of the 11th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer taking place in Austin on September 22, 2018. Several patients and Texas Oncology team members took a turn with the clippers in honor of National Gynecologic and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Strangers Come Together to Fill Bags for Flower Mound's Cancer Fighters

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
09/18/2018

After watching her childhood friend battle cancer, Tara Poles wanted to do something to help not only her friend, but all cancer patients in the Flower Mound area undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments. When she began creating gift bags for patients, the last thing she expected was the overwhelming support that came from all sides of the community.

Breast Cancer: Surgical Considerations

Publication: Healthy Magazine
09/17/2018
Steady declines in breast cancer mortality since 1990 are attributed to a combination of early detection and treatment improvements. Still, fears of chemotherapy and potentially losing their breasts with mastectomy are the top immediate concerns voiced by my patients. To help them discuss those concerns among peers, Dr. Alvaro Restrepo of Texas Oncology–McAllen collaborated with Pink Positive, a nonprofit that provides support groups for patients and caregivers.

Texas Oncology Consolidates Its Fort Worth Presence With A New, 100,000 SF Facility

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
09/10/2018
Texas Oncology has opened a new facility in Fort Worth’s medical district. The new place is a consolidation of three other Texas Oncology locations within the city and brings medical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology services under one roof.

Dr. Andrew Lee Discusses Texas Center for Proton Therapy and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Publication: WFAA
09/06/2018

Proton therapy is a precise form of radiation treatment for a variety of cancers, including prostate. The treatment’s accuracy works to eliminate cancerous cells while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue near the tumor. As a result, patients get the benefit of extremely precise tumor targeting with a lower risk for potential side effects.

Expert Discusses Developments in Pancreatic Cancer Paradigm

Publication: OncLive
09/06/2018
Emerging data are changing the treatment paradigm in pancreatic cancer, offering patients new options and more personalized care, according to Carlos Becerra, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Becerra discusses sequencing strategies, immunotherapy, and practice-changing clinical trials in the field of pancreatic cancer.

New Fort Worth Cancer Center

Publication: KTVT-TV (CBS, Fort Worth)
09/05/2018

Texas Oncology has announced the opening of a new, comprehensive cancer center in the heart of Fort Worth’s medical district. Texas Oncology–Fort Worth Cancer Center consolidates several treatment facilities, making a streamlined process for patient and caregivers much easier.

Hidden Scar Surgery Empowers Patient

Publication: The Williamson County Sun
09/05/2018
For breast cancer patient Pat Garcia, the Hidden Scar procedure has reduced visible scars from her surgeries and has helped her get back to cycling. Dr. Bridget O’Brien, a surgical oncologist with Texas Breast Specialists-Georgetown, explains how the Hidden Scar procedure minimizes cosmetic changes that can result from breast cancer surgery, giving patients and survivors like Pat a less visible reminder of what they’ve been through.

Cancer in the Workplace: Tips to Support Co-Workers with Cancer

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Healthy Magazine
09/01/2018
Cancer treatment advancements and access to high quality care in local communities means that some patients can continue to work during treatment. Texas Oncology physicians discuss how to effectively support a co-worker with cancer.

Glioblastoma Multiforme

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
08/27/2018

Following news of U.S. Senator John McCain’s passing due to glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, Dr. Andrew Brenner, neuro-oncologist at Texas Oncology’s Austin Brain Tumor Center, visited KTBC-TV’s “Good Day Austin” to discuss the implications of glioblastoma and the research being conducted to improve the survival and quality of life for brain cancer patients. 

Sen. McCain's death draws attention to brain cancer research

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
08/27/2018

The national story of U.S. Senator John McCain’s experience with glioblastoma has brought attention to brain cancer research being conducted to fight this aggressive form of brain cancer. Dr. Andrew Brenner, neuro-oncologist at Texas Oncology’s Austin Brain Tumor Center, was featured on KXAN discussing the brain cancer research taking place in Texas, including the clinical trials available for glioblastoma patients. 

Genetic Tests Detecting Cancer Earlier

Publication: KETK-TV (NBC, Tyler)
08/23/2018

Breast cancer patient Suzie Oden discusses the genetic testing that saved her life, thanks to Dr. Thomas Gregory, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Tyler. Despite having cleared a mammogram just two months earlier, genetic testing made it possible for Suzie and her team to discover not one, but two tumors.

Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy Combos Are the New Standard of Care for NSCLC, Says Konduri

Publication: Targeted Oncology
08/15/2018
Kartik Konduri, MD, recently spoke on the treatment considerations and decisions he makes when treating patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Konduri, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, explained his treatment decisions based on two case scenarios during a Targeted Oncology live case-based peer perspectives presentation.

Eating Late May Increase Cancer Risk

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
08/14/2018

Dr. Vivian Cline, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, discusses the findings of a research study linking habitual late-night eating to poor health outcomes, including an increased risk for breast and prostate cancer. 

Eating Late at Night Could Put You at Risk for Cancer, Study Finds

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
08/10/2018
Dr. Vivian Cline, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, discusses a new study that found people who don't eat within two hours of going to bed have a 20 percent decreased risk for prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Surprising Links Between Diabetes and Cancer and How to Reduce the Risks

Publication: The Monitor
08/09/2018
Dr. Suresh Ratnam, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–McAllen, explores the relationship between diabetes and cancer, and discusses healthy behaviors to help residents of the Rio Grande Valley reduce risk, prolong life, and enhance quality of life.

Colon Cancer Recurrence: 10 Things Doctors Want You to Know

Publication: Healthgrades
08/08/2018
Doctors have made progress treating colon cancer recurrence, and the outlook for patients has improved over the past several decades. Dr. Muffaddal Morkas, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, discusses how cancer stage at diagnosis can effect chances of recurrence.

Late-Night Eating and Cancer

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX), Austin
08/01/2018

Dr. Vivian Cline, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, visited KTBC-TV’s “Good Day Austin” to discuss the findings of a research study linking late-night eating to poor health outcomes, including an increased risk for cancer.  

Who Is the Oncology Nurse?

Publication: U.S. News & World Report
08/01/2018
Elena Tobin, oncology nurse with Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, discusses the relationship between nurses, oncologists, and patients, as well as the critical role of an oncology nurse in educating cancer patients on what to expect during treatment.

Treatments Putting Chemo in the Backseat

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Healthy Magazine
08/01/2018
Texas Oncology oncologists discuss the diminishing role of chemotherapy in cancer treatment regimens. As more innovative targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and radiation enable doctors to attack specific cancer cells, cancer care teams are seeing better patient outcomes with fewer side effects.

Save The Safety Net Drug Program For Patients Who Need Help

Publication: Forbes
07/19/2018
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on “Opportunities to Improve the 340B Drug Pricing Program,” and Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology—Austin Central, was among the witnesses who testified. Dr. Patt states that, because of the lack of transparency, oversight, and accountability, we can observe tremendous variability across the country in the philanthropic commitment of 340B hospitals in using additional revenue to enhance care for vulnerable patient populations.

Life Blood How Breakthrough CAR-T Therapy Attacks Cancer

Publication: Healthy Magazine, Austin Medical Times
07/18/2018
Texas Oncology physicians pen a bylined article detailing CAR-T, a personalized therapy that involves engineering a patient’s own immune system’s blood cells – arming the cells – to attack cancer cells. Earlier this year, Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer became the second facility in the state to provide groundbreaking FDA-approved CAR-T therapy for DLBCL cancer.

Should Women Still Use Baby Powder After Johnson & Johnson Lawsuit?

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
07/18/2018
In the wake of a lawsuit which links Johnson & Johnson baby powder to asbestos and ovarian cancer, Dr. Angela Kueck, gynecological oncologist with Texas Oncology–Austin North, discusses the risk associated with talcum powder and alternative products available to patients.

Knowledge is Power When Faced with Cancer Diagnosis

Publication: Midland Reporter-Telegram
07/10/2018
Women diagnosed with breast cancer that has not spread outside the breast have a higher survival rate, according to the American Cancer Society. Dr. Robin Akins, radiation oncologist with Texas Oncology–Midland Allison Cancer Center, discusses how steady declines in breast cancer mortality since 1990 are attributed to a combination of early detection and treatment improvements.

Fun Socks Help Cancer Patients Cope With Chemotherapy

Publication: KSAT-TV (ABC, San Antonio)
07/02/2018

Inspired by her own battle with cancer, Texas Oncology patient Stephanie Howard started a nonprofit organization, Triumphant Warrior, to provide fun socks to cancer patients undergoing treatment. Stephanie and Dr. Sangeetha Kolluri, a breast surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists–San Antonio Northeast, explain how these socks bring warmth and smiles to cancer patients across the practice.

Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk 68%!

Publication: Woman's World
07/02/2018
Dr. Michelle Ashworth, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Round Rock, discusses actions women can take to minimize the risk of developing breast cancer - one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in American women, especially after menopause.

When Life is in the Balance, Excellence Means Everything

Publication: Making the Health Care System Work
06/28/2018
Two years after being diagnosed with leukemia and seeking care at the Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – and even being treated by the same nurse, at the same time – Wesley White and April Ingram met at a survivor’s luncheon, where White was the key note speaker. They immediately connected and were married soon after in a ceremony that was truly a family affair, with many of the cancer center’s staff, doctors, and previous patients in attendance.

When Life is in the Balance, Excellence Means Everything

Publication: Making the Health Care System Work
06/28/2018

The Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center has collaborated with the adjoining Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital to develop a “center of excellence” for adult bone marrow transplants. The health care institution has established a concentration of clinical expertise and assembled interdisciplinary teams to deliver comprehensive care around a specific condition or procedure.

Eddie Maraboto – An ‘Insider’s View’ Of Cancer Care

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
06/24/2018

When healthcare professionals need care, the perspective is different. Clinical nurse specialist Eddie Maraboto quickly found himself in a profound role reversal situation after being diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer. Eddie sought treatment from Dr. Punit Chadha, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–South Austin and is currently in remission. 

Cancer Research and Right to Try

Publication: KDFW-TV (FOX, Dallas)
06/18/2018

Stage IV lung cancer patient Rebecca Hill discusses the clinical trial that saved her life, thanks to Dr. Katherine Wang, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas. Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central, advocates for treatments under a clear research protocol or that have demonstrated efficacy and safety under the FDA.

Amid News That Others Like It Have Struggled, DFW’s Lone Proton Therapy Center Says It’s Viable, With Room For Growth

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
06/18/2018
Nearly three years after its first treatment, Texas Center for Proton Therapy has administered proton beam therapy to 1,000 people - a rate that’s kept the $105 million facility financially viable, even as it seeks to take on higher volumes moving forward. Dr. Andrew Lee, medical director for the center, discusses the benefit of having proton therapy available to patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Myths Versus Facts: Family History Increases Risk for Breast Cancer

Publication: Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland Health
06/18/2018

Dr. Phillip Chae, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Midland Allison Cancer Center, discusses misconceptions about breast cancer he commonly hears from patients and the truth behind the myths.

Barriers to Patient Access to CAR-T Therapy in the Community Setting

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
06/15/2018
Journal of Clinical Pathways spoke with Dr. Houston Holmes of Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center about the utility and accessibility of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies for patients with hematologic malignancies in the community setting. Dr. Holmes explained the toxicities associated with these therapies and how the next generation of products aim to decrease such toxicities.

Debra Patt on How the Management of Cancer is Changing as Patients Live Longer

Publication: Cancer Network
06/15/2018

Fifteen years ago, cancer treatment was the main role of oncologists, but the paradigm has shifted to include the support of patients through chronic phases of treatment. Dr. Debra Patt of Texas Oncology–Austin Central discusses how the management of cancer is evolving and efforts Texas Oncology has implemented to support that shift within the patient population.

Changing Bacteria's Genetic Code Could Make Certain Drugs Last Longer

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
06/14/2018

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found a way to stabilize therapeutic proteins in drugs to make them more effective and last longer, leading to less frequent doses and fewer side effects for patients with cancer and diseases. Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central discusses the impact of this research on treatment and quality of life for cancer patients. 

Central Texas Hospital Provides Options for Patients Battling Cancer

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco), KSLA-TV (CBS, Shreveport)
06/13/2018
Those battling breast cancer now have more options when it comes to making the decision of what is the best treatment for their breast cancer. Dr. Thomas Harris, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Waco, says there are tests available that will help physicians determine whether a patient can skip chemotherapy as a form of cancer treatment for a multitude of cancers.

Convince Me: Why Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Publication: Healthy Magazine
06/12/2018

New breakthrough treatments are saving lives - while often improving quality of life - and these medical advances often follow clinical trials, which allow oncologists to discover better ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent cancer. Dr. Alvaro Restrepo, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–McAllen, discusses seven reasons to consider participating in a clinical trial.

David Tull – Solving a Fifteen-Year Cancer Mystery

Publication: Austin American-Statesman 
06/10/2018

David Tull was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 and continued to have high PSA test results over the course of 15 years, indicating the cancer was not completely gone. David relocated to Cedar Park, Texas a few years ago and began seeing Dr. Courtney Sheinbein, radiation oncologist at Texas Oncology–Round Rock Seton Williamson. Under Dr. Sheinbein's care, David received precise radiation treatment and his PSA has since dropped to a near zero, the lowest it’s ever been and a test result he’s waited over 15 years to hear.

The Great Eight: Healthy Habits for Men to Help Prevent Cancer

Publication: Healthy Magazine
06/07/2018

Drs. Araneda and Sarhill, medical oncologists at Texas Oncology–Harlingen, discuss eight lifestyle choices that can play a key role in preventing or detecting cancer early, when it is most treatable.

Health Watch - Chemo Study

Publication: KFOX-TV (FOX, El Paso)
06/05/2018

New research suggests many women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease. Dr. Miguel Albino of Texas Oncology–El Paso Cancer Treatment Center says this study could mean less burden for patients, both financially and in regard to treatment side effects.

Cancer Survivorship: Thriving During and After Treatment

Publication: Cleburne Times-Review
06/05/2018
Being declared cancer-free is something to celebrate. But for many patients, that milestone comes with a mix of emotions – joy, anger, relief, sadness, confusion, and even guilt. Dr. Sandhya Bejjanki, medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Cleburne, discusses advancements in medicine and technology that make it easier for patients to declare themselves cancer thrivers, not mere survivors.

Texas Center for Proton Therapy Treats Its 1,000th Patient

Publication: Irving Chamber of Commerce
06/04/2018

Texas Center for Proton Therapy reached a milestone with the treatment of its 1,000th patient. The center is a collaboration between Texas Oncology, the US Oncology Network, McKesson Specialty Health, and Baylor Scott & White Health, and remains the only provider in North Texas that offers the precise form of radiation therapy.

Juan Molina— Fighting Like A Superhero

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
06/03/2018

Superhero dad Juan Molina treasures time on the baseball and football fields with his kids. But after experiencing troubling symptoms in 2013, Molina was sidelined. Testing led to a dreaded diagnosis: stage II kidney cancer. He is receiving treatment from Dr. Jeff Yorio, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central. Molina has benefitted from some of the newest and most innovative forms of treatment, including immunotherapy drugs.

Convince Me: Why Should I Participate In a Clinical Trial?

Publication: Austin Medical Times
06/01/2018

New breakthrough treatments are saving lives, while often improving quality of life. Medical advances often follow clinical trials that allow oncologists to discover better ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent cancer. Dr. Lakshmi Balasubramanian, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Cedar Park shares seven reasons to consider participating in a clinical trial. 

Sunitinib side effects haven’t sidelined avid runner

Publication: Oncology Practice
06/01/2018

When avid runner Axel Reissnecker was diagnosed with stage IV renal cell carcinoma, he knew quitting his active lifestyle wasn’t an option. Axel has completed many 100-mile races and marathons before and continued running and cycling during treatment to maintain his endurance. 

3 Tips For Talking With Your Cancer Doctor

Publication: Cleburne Times-Review, Healthy Magazine
05/31/2018
Dr. Nurul Wahid, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–McAllen, shares tips for approaching conversations with your oncologist, including educating yourself, communicating early and often, and elaborating about your values and preferences.

Texas Center for Proton Therapy Treats Its 1,000th Patient

Publication: D CEO Healthcare and Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
05/30/2018

Texas Center for Proton Therapy reached a milestone with the treatment of its 1,000th patient. The center is a collaboration between Texas Oncology, the US Oncology Network, McKesson Specialty Health, and Baylor Scott & White Health, and remains the only provider in North Texas that offers the precise form of radiation therapy.

From Treating Cancer, To Having It

Publication: KETK-TV (NBC, Longview)
05/24/2018

As a nurse with Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center, Debbie Windsor has over 20 years of experience helping patients through diagnosis and treatment. With that experience and community support, she was able to beat breast cancer and continue her work supporting patients in similar situations.

In The Moment - Fierce and Fearless

Publication: KDFW-TV (FOX, Dallas)
05/21/2018

Fashion show producer and influencer Jan Strimple discusses her experience with breast cancer and treatment at Texas Oncology–Irving – a battle she fought while continuing her work. Rather than slowing down, she used the opportunity to benefit other cancer patients and survivors.

Strong Uptake of RayStation Monte Carlo Dose Engine Among Proton Therapy Centers

Publication: RaySearch Laboratories
05/21/2018

One year after RaySearch's first release of the proton MC dose engine in RayStation 6, a survey was sent out to the 18 RayStation proton sites that are in clinical operation with pencil beam scanning. The survey focused on the clinical implementation and use of the new MC dose engine, and showed that no less than 13 of the 18 clinics have implemented the MC dose engine in their clinical work flows, with remaining clinics currently in commissioning.

Duncan: Community-Based Cancer Care Makes a Difference in Longview

Publication: Longview News-Journal
05/19/2018

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Dr. Lewis Duncan discusses the opening of Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center and the advances in cancer care that have been made in the last quarter of a century. Duncan iterates that Texas Oncology and its caregivers are focusing their passion and energy as cancer fighters on bringing game-changing breakthrough treatments to patients within individual communities.

Local Cancer Survivors Are Stars at Longview Cancer Center 25th Anniversary Event

Publication: Longview News-Journal
05/17/2018

Bill and Jean Adler, along with their oncology nurse Debbie Windsor, were among 200 people who joined Texas Oncology–Longview Cancer Center to celebrate 25 years of high-quality cancer care close to home. Bill and Jean – who battled prostate and breast cancer, respectively – look back on the opening of the clinic and their time as patients.

Talk Live with Lezlee

Publication: Texas Talk Live with Lezlee
05/08/2018

Dr. Noelle Cloven of Texas Oncology–Fort Worth Cancer Center discusses the prevalence, signs and symptoms, testing, and prevention of ovarian cancer for World Ovarian Cancer Day.

New Cancer Therapy Could Be Game Changer In Cancer Care

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
05/07/2018

Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Oncology are now offering CAR-T cancer therapy to treat diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Texas Oncology Doctors Using Innovative Treatments

Publication: Waco Tribune-Herald
05/03/2018

Dr. Thomas Harris of Texas Oncology–Waco discusses how innovative treatment options, new research, and clinical trials are impacting and improving trends in cancer care.

Texas Oncology Receives Recognition For Care Management Strategies

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
05/02/2018

Texas Oncology has been awarded a 2018 Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute for its care management strategies and success in raising adherence to oncology meds to 96 percent, well above the national average of 70 percent.

Texas Center for Proton Therapy Clinical Director of Technical Services elected to National Association for Proton Therapy’s Board of Directors

Publication: Globe Newswire
05/01/2018

The National Association for Proton Therapy announces the addition of three new members, Dr. J. Isabelle Choi, Kristin A. Morris and Jerry Rymar as well as the reelection of two existing members, Dr. Andrew Chang and Abram Gordon, to its board of directors for 2018. Each member will serve a three-year term.

Three Tips For Talking With Your Cancer Doctor

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
05/01/2018

Dr. Michelle Ashworth, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Round Rock, discusses the simple tips to help cancer patients communicate effectively with their care providers. 

Patient Shortage for Cancer Trials Grows

Publication: OncLive
04/30/2018

At a time of rapid advancements in cancer biology and innovation, researchers are facing mounting challenges in finding enough patients to recruit for clinical trials. Although this has been difficult for many years, current trends in oncology drug development may be making the problem more acute.

Dr. Houston Holmes Discusses CAR T Therapy Adoption and Education

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
04/21/2018

Dr. Houston Holmes discusses the delivery of CAR-T therapies in a community setting at the Community Oncology Alliance’s (COA) 2018 Community Oncology Conference.

Cancer Care Becoming More Patient-Centric

Publication: Cancer Network
04/20/2018

Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology – Austin Central, discusses trends in cancer patient care, including new treatments minimizing the need for toxic chemotherapy and the increasing population of cancer survivors.

Houston Holmes, MD, MBA, FACP, Provides Perspective on Reimbursement & Coverage of CAR-T Therapies

Publication: Oncology Business Review
04/17/2018

Dr. Houston Holmes, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, discusses CAR-T therapy reimbursement and coverage in community oncology in a video interview during the 2018 Community Oncology Conference.

Houston Holmes, MD, MBA, FACP, Regarding the Benefits & Challenges of Prescribing CAR-T Therapies

Publication: Oncology Business Review
04/17/2018

Dr. Houston Holmes, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center outlines the benefits and challenges oncologists face when prescribing CAR-T therapies in community-based cancer centers in a video interview during the 2018 Community Oncology Conference.

Houston Holmes, MD, MBA, FACP, On What Community Oncologists Should Know About Prescribing CAR-Ts

Publication: Oncology Business Review
04/17/2018

Dr. Houston Holmes, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, discusses considerations for community oncologists before prescribing CAR-T therapies in a video interview during the 2018 Community Oncology Conference.

Houston Holmes, MD, MBA, FACP, On the Logistics Associated with CAR-T Therapies

Publication: Oncology Business Review
04/17/2018

Dr. Houston Holmes, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, discusses the logistics associated with CAR-T therapies in community oncology practices in a video interview during the 2018 Community Oncology Conference.

Minorities Fight Tough Battle Against Certain Cancers

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS, Waco)
04/12/2018

Dr. Carlos Encarnacion of Texas Oncology—Waco recently discussed the gaps in healthcare for specific minority groups for Minority Health Awareness Month.

Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Oncology Introduce Car-T Therapy

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
04/12/2018

Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Oncology announced they are now offering CAR-T therapy to treat diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. These providers are working together and are among the first in the nation to treat patients with the only CAR-T cell therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat this form of cancer.

Becerra Shares Treatment Considerations in 2 Gastrointestinal Case Studies

Publication: Targeted Oncology
04/10/2018
Dr. Carlos Becerra of Texas Oncology—Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center recently shared the treatment considerations and decisions he makes when treating patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Colonoscopy: Is it Worth it?

Publication: Healthy Magazine
04/10/2018

There are several things on my “to do” list that I’m really good at putting off. They need to be done, but I don’t like disrupting my routine or taking time away from other activities to make them happen. However, when it comes to cancer screenings, it’s worth a little disruption.

New Study Links Cancer to Cell Phone Use

Publication: KPRC-TV (NBC, Houston)
04/04/2018
Dr. Debra Patt of Texas Oncology-Austin Central recently discussed a new government study that is reigniting the debate over whether cell phones could be linked to cancer. The multi-year, $25 million study focused on the effect of cell phone radiation on rats, finding a significant increase in a rare kind of heart tumor in male rats.

Study: Cell Phone Radiation Linked to Cancer

Publication: KOB-TV (NBC, Albuquerque)
04/03/2018

Dr. Debra Patt of Texas Oncology-Austin Central recently discussed a new government study that is reigniting the debate over whether cell phones could be linked to cancer. The multi-year, $25 million study focused on the effect of cell phone radiation on rats, finding a significant increase in a rare kind of heart tumor in male rats.

Beyond Drugs: The Other Breakthroughs In Cancer Research

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
04/01/2018

Dr. Jason Melear, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Austin Midtown discusses the breakthroughs in cancer research beyond drugs that are improving patients’ outcomes and quality of life. 

Beyond Drugs: The Other Breakthroughs in Cancer Research

Publication: Healthy Magazine
04/01/2018

Dr. Guillermo Lazo of Texas Oncology—McAllen recently discussed evidence-based cancer care options beyond drug therapies, as well as research developments that are improving patients' outcomes and quality of life.

Cancer: Prevention, Early Detection, & Personalized Care

Publication: Healthy Magazine
04/01/2018

Dr. Marcelo Boek of Texas Oncology–Brownsville discussed how cancer-related statistics tell an important story about prevention, treatment options, and survivorship.

Doctors Weigh In On Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
03/28/2018

Dr. Noelle Cloven of Texas Oncology-Fort Worth discussed best practices for preventing cervical cancer. 

17-year-old fights Stage 4 breast cancer with infectious laughter

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
03/28/2018

Ashton Flasco is battling stage four metastatic breast cancer with the help of Dr. Lea Krekow and her cancer care team at Texas Oncology-Bedford.

New Study Links Cancer to Cell Phone Use

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
03/28/2018

Dr. Debra Patt of Texas Oncology-Austin recently discussed a new government study that is reigniting the debate over whether cell phones could be linked to cancer. The multi-year, $25 million study focused on the effect of cell phone radiation on rats, finding a significant increase in a rare kind of heart tumor in male rats.

Top Five Cancer Care Trends in 2018

Publication: Cleburne Times-Review
03/27/2018

Dr. Sandhya Bejjanki outlines the top five cancer care trends of 2018 in a bylined article in the Cleburne Times-Review.

Cancer Fighters

Publication: The North Texan
03/26/2018

UNT alumna Dana Rosencranz discusses her role as chief medical physicist at Texas Oncology-Paris, Mount Pleasant, and Greenville, in an article about alumni battling cancer.

Working to Battle Breast Cancer

Publication: The North Texan 
03/25/2018
Dr. Katrina Emmett of Texas Breast Specialists shares her journey to becoming a surgeon specializing in the treatment of breast, skin, and other malignancies.

Head for the Cure Central Texas 5K Benefitting Austin Brain Tumor Center

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
03/23/2018

Christina Boman, RN, at the Austin Brain Tumor Center joins Sarah Shrader from Head for the Cure to discuss the 2018 Head for the Cure Central Texas 5K Run/Walk and its impact on local innovative brain cancer research. As a local beneficiary of the annual event, the Austin Brain Tumor Center will receive a portion of the proceeds to fund breakthrough clinical trials that benefit local patients. 

Colonoscopy: Is It Worth It?

Publication: Healthy Magazine
03/19/2018

Dr. Daniel Farray discusses the benefit of colonoscopies in improving colorectal cancer survival.

Two Cancer Strangers Now Connected by a Purple Heart

Publication: KFDX-TV (NBC, Wichita Falls)
03/13/2018

Eleven-year-old Dominic Watson and Purple Heart recipient Ronnie Reddell met and formed a friendship at Texas Oncology, where they are both currently undergoing radiation therapy.

Doctors Warn At-Home DNA Breast Cancer Test May Not Offer ‘Full Picture’

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
03/09/2018

Elisabeth King of Texas Oncology-Austin Central discusses the risk of relying on a new FDA approved at-home breast cancer screening kit.

Top Five Cancer Trends in 2018

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Healthy Magazine, Houston Medical Times
03/01/2018

Texas Oncology physicians discuss the top five cancer trends in 2018 that allow for more effective treatments that lead to better outcomes and quality of life for patients. 

Trending: Vaccines For Cancer Prevention & Treatment

Publication: Healthy Magazine
02/21/2018

Dr. Billie J. Marek discusses the rising trend of immunology and vaccines in oncology, and how these advances improve the outlook for both cancer treatment and prevention.

It's In Your Blood: What You Should Know About Hematology and Blood Disorders

Publication: Healthy Magazine
02/21/2018

Dr. Balesh Sharma discusses the impact of common blood disorders, such as anemia, sickle cell disease and thrombosis, and how many oncologists are also certified treat these conditions.

‘A Miracle’: Nurse Given Months to Live After Devastating Diagnosis, but Defies Odds — Four Years Later

Publication: WJW-TV (FOX, Cleveland)
02/08/2018

Marliss Williams received her 100th chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday, after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and given three months to live - four years ago. Now, her doctors are calling her a miracle as she celebrates her chemotherapy milestone and is in remission.

Former Waco Nurse Defeats Terminal Cancer Odds, Celebrates 100th Chemo Treatment

Publication: KCEN-TV (NBC, Waco); WBIR-TV (NBC, Knoxville); WXIA-TV (NBC, Atlanta)
02/07/2018

A former Waco nurse Marliss Williams spent 42 years working as a labor and delivery nurse in Waco, but unfortunately, in 2014, terminal cancer forced her to retire. Doctors said while some with this terminal illness turn toward hospice, Williams decided to fight the disease with chemo in hopes of living longer.

Doctors and nurses at Texas Oncology-Waco were so amazed and inspired by Williams journey that they wanted to honor her by throwing a surprise party during her 100th chemo treatment. 

Former Waco Nurse Defeats Terminal Cancer Odds, Celebrates 100th Chemo Treatment

Publication: KAGS-TV (NBC, Bryan); KCEN-TV (NBC, Waco); WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas)
02/07/2018

After being diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer, Marliss Williams recently celebrated her 100th chemo treatment. Williams is in remission and her doctor said she now has the choice to continue with maintenance chemo, or take a chemo holiday.

Nurse Who Was Told She Had Months To Live Has 100th Chemo Treatment Four Years Later

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
02/07/2018

After being diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in 2014, a Waco nurse was given six to eight months to live. Four years later, Marliss Williams has received her 100th chemo treatment and is now in remission.

‘A Miracle’: Nurse Given Months to Live After Devastating Diagnosis, but Defies Odds — Four Years Later

Publication: WJW-TV (FOX, Clevland)
02/07/2018
Marliss Williams received her 100th chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday, after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and given three months to live - four years ago. Now, her doctors are calling her a miracle as she celebrates her chemotherapy milestone and is in remission.
 

Former Waco Nurse Defying Odds After Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Publication: Waco Tribune-Herald
02/07/2018

In February 2014, Marliss Williams was told she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was likely to live three months without any treatment. Texas Oncology doctors, nurses and family surprised Williams with cupcakes, balloons and stories to mark her 100th chemotherapy treatment and celebrate that she's now in remission.

Nurse Who Was Told She Had Months To Live Has 100th Chemo Treatment Four Years Later

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
02/07/2018
After being diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer in 2014, a Waco woman was given just six to eight months to live. But four years later, Marliss Williams has received her 100th chemo treatment and is now in remission. 

Good Day Austin Health - Chemotherapy Alternatives

Publication: KTBC-TV, Austin  
02/05/2018

Dr. Punit Chadha, a physician at Texas Oncology–South Austin, explains alternatives to chemotherapy as a cancer trend in 2018. Breakthrough treatments are transforming cancer care and offering patients hope and better quality of life. 

Doctor Without Borders

Publication: Rowlett Lakeshore Times
02/04/2018

Dr. Tobenna Nwizu, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Rowlett, shares his inspiration for joining the oncology field in a Q&A with the Rowlett Lakeshore Times.

Texas hospitals worried about impact of cuts to drug discount program

Publication: KXAN-TV, Austin
01/24/2018

Dr. Debra Patt, a vice president and oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central, shared her thoughts on the need for reform and improvement of the 340B Drug Pricing Program to help ensure that federal funds are used as intended – to provide care for underserved populations.

Anthony Tolcher Joins Texas Oncology to Expand San Antonio Research Program

Publication: Targeted Oncology
01/18/2018

Dr. Anthony Tolcher, an internationally recognized cancer researcher has join Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center. Dr. Tolcher is the co-founder of San Antonio-based South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics (START), a leader in Phase 1 medical oncology clinical trials, and will be bringing his expertise to Texas Oncology’s research and clinical trials program. 

HPV Leads To Increase In Head And Neck Cancer In Men

Publication: KXAS-TV (NBC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
01/16/2018

A report found that 11 million men and 3.2 million women in the United States are infected with some type of oral HPV and oncologists say it's leading to more head and neck cancer in men.

Local cancer survivor's dream wedding featured on Say Yes to the Dress

Publication: CultureMap Austin
01/15/2018

Dr. Debra Patt, a vice president and oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central, accompanied patient and breast cancer survivor Val Jones to New York in search of the perfect dress to celebrate her life and love in an Alaskan glacier wedding. Their experience and Val’s inspirational story was featured in an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” heightening awareness of early detection and survivorship.

Breast cancer survivor celebrates wedding on TLC's 'Say Yes to the Dress'

Publication: KVUE-TV, Austin
01/12/2018

Dr. Debra Patt, a vice president and oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central, accompanied patient and breast cancer survivor Val Jones to New York in search of the perfect dress to celebrate her life and love in an Alaskan glacier wedding. Their experience and Val’s inspirational story was featured in an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” heightening awareness of early detection and survivorship. 

Local cancer research icon leaving START, staying in San Antonio

Publication: San Antonio Business Journal
01/11/2018

South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics — or START — is losing its co-founder. Dr. Anthony Tolcher, who helped put the San Antonio organization on the map and spread its cancer research activity to multiple sites across the world, is moving to Texas Oncology in its local campus.

Good Day Austin Health - Texas Oncology on Detecting Melanoma

Publication: KTBC-TV, Austin
01/05/2018

Dr. Jeff Yorio, a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Austin Central who oversees melanoma research in Central Texas, explains the differences between melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers and offers viewers tips for detection year-round.

Texas health plans must now cover 3-D mammograms

Publication: KXAN-TV, Austin
01/03/2018

After a Texas law went into effect requiring health insurance companies to cover 3-D mammograms for women during cancer screenings, Texas Oncology–Austin Central’s breast specialist Dr. Debra Patt spoke to KXAN about how more detailed imaging can lead to increased early detections and therefore higher survival rates. 

Genetics and Cancer - Is There a "Jewish Gene?"

Publication: The Jewish Outlook
01/01/2018

Gayle Patel, director of Texas Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) Program and a certified genetic counselor at the Austin Central location, discusses the relationship between genetic disorders - such as the BRCA gene mutation - and specific ethnicities.

Patient-Centered Care: A Community of Support, A Promise to Patients

Publication: Healthy Magazine, Cleburne Times-Review
01/01/2018

There’s no going it alone when it comes to cancer. Getting treatment means you’re going to meet lots of new people. It’s an aspect of cancer care that many patients find surprising, and for some, perhaps even overwhelming.

Marrow Donors Bring New Meaning To Life-Saving Donations

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Austin 
01/01/2018

Dr. Kampe discusses how marrow donors hold the key to life-saving donations and dispelled myths that deter people from donating blood or marrow that make transplants possible. 

‘Cancer Sucks, Socks Don’t’: Austin Woman in Remission Pays it Forward to Patients

Publication: KVUE-TV, Austin
12/21/2017

While some cancer patients wear wigs, hats and bandanas, Stephanie Howard chose to proudly wear bright, happy socks as her armor in a battle against lymphoma. Now in remission, she brings joy to Texas Oncology infusion rooms with the simple act of gifting socks to patients through her new non-profit organization, Triumphant Warrior.

More Than a Number: Putting Cancer Statistics Into Perspective

Publication: The Daily Tribune
12/19/2017

In a bylined article, Texas Oncology–Marble Falls Hematologist and Medical Oncologist Dr. Andrew Shaw puts cancer statistics into perspective, helping readers take the necessary steps to manage their health.

Making Spirits Bright: Texas Oncology

Publication: FACETS: The Kendra Scott Blog
12/18/2017

Dr. Julie Sprunt, a breast surgeon with Texas Breast Specialists-Austin and Bastrop, discusses how invaluable it is for organizations to visit and support patients undergoing rigorous cancer treatments as part of Kendra Scott's annual gifting events during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Patel: Putting cancer statistics into perspective

Publication: Round Rock Leader
12/13/2017

Dr. Krishna Patel, a hematologist and medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Round Rock Seton Williamson, puts cancer-related statistics in perspective to tell an important story about prevention and researching disease trends that help develop cures.

Texas State cancer-surviving soccer coach raises money for fighting ovarian cancer

Publication: KVUE-TV, Austin
12/12/2017

Kat Conner, a patient of gynecologic oncologist Dr. Lynne Knowles at Texas Oncology-South Austin and the Texas State University women’s soccer coach, presented a check to benefit a Texas Oncology Foundation scholarship for women battling ovarian cancer in Central Texas. Ms. Conner, an ovarian cancer survivor herself, founded Goals2Cure to focus her soccer team and raise money for ovarian cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Breast Cancer and Birth Control

Publication: KTBC-TV, Austin
12/11/2017

In an interview on KTBC’s Good Day Austin program, Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology-Austin Central, discusses the implications of a new major study regarding breast cancer risks linked to use of hormonal contraceptives. The research, announced in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that newer contraceptives were not safer. Dr. Patt urges patients to discuss cancer risk factors with their primary care and/or ob-gyn physicians.

Matters of the heart: How values bring meaning to patient-centered cancer care

Publication: Rowlett Lakeshore Times
12/10/2017

For many patients, finding out that you have cancer can feel like your world has been turned upside down. With the swirl of changing emotions, daily routines, family relationships, medical tests, treatment, and side effects, you might find yourself asking: What about what I want?

Austin Doctors React to New Study Linking Birth Control to Cancer

Publication: KXAN-TV, Austin
12/07/2017

Dr. Debra Patt, medical oncologist, breast specialist and vice president at Texas Oncology-Austin Central, offers insight and advice on a new major study regarding breast cancer risks linked to use of hormonal contraceptives. The research, announced in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that newer contraceptives were not safer. Dr. Patt urges patients with family history of cancer to consult with their physicians about their risk factors.

Marrow Donors Bring New Meaning to Life-Saving Donations

Publication: Healthy Magazine 
12/01/2017

Dr. Benjamin West of Texas Oncology-McAllen explains how patients with blood-related cancers often rely on blood and marrow donors to aid in treatments. This involves a bit of genetic matchmaking, among many other factors, between the patient and marrow donors. When a match is made, it gives patients a powerful way to fight their cancer. The challenge is that many Americans have no idea they may hold the key to saving a life.

Radiation Oncology: The Forefront of Innovation in Cancer Care

Publication: Healthy Magazine 
12/01/2017
Dr. Rogelio Salinas of Texas Oncology-McAllen discusses how radiation therapy technology in cancer care is continually advancing to provide more precise and personalized treatment grows.

Kendra Scott Design Donates Jewelry as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative

Publication: Community Impact Newspaper
11/15/2017

For the third year in a row, Austin-based jewelry company Kendra Scott Design held its Buy One, Gift One initiative during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since the initiative launched in 2015, Kendra Scott has donated nearly 30,000 pieces of jewelry to those affected by breast cancer and raised $125,000 for research.

Advance Planning Minimized Storm Impact for Oncology Practices

Publication: OncLive
11/06/2017

Texas Oncology and Florida Cancer Specialists knew their ability to recover from hurricanes Harvey and Irma would hinge upon the work they did before either storm arrived. Acting on the warnings, both practices built on existing disaster plans already refined by experiences with several tropical storms each year.

Matters of the Heart: How Values Bring Meaning to Patient-Centered Cancer Care

Publication: Healthy Magazine; Cleburne Times-Review
11/06/2017
The approach to cancer care is transforming so that what the patient “wants” is more likely to be what he or she gets. Cancer indeed changes many things in a patient’s life, but not the essence of who you are. Before, during, and after treatment, your personal values, perspectives, and cultural and religious beliefs are an important constant – the glue that holds you together during challenging times. Today, those values can also play a direct role in cancer care.

Oral Cancer Discussion with Dr. Nadler and Dr. Konduri

Publication: KZMP-FM FunAsia (Dallas/Fort-Worth, TX)  
11/06/2017

​Dr. Eric Nadler & Dr. Kartik Konduri of Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center discuss risk factors, signs and symptoms as well as prevention methods for oral cancer and head and neck cancer with the hosts and listeners of DocTalk Live, a radio show dedicated to educating the DFW area on all aspects of healthcare.

Business & Professional Women in Austin: Elisabeth King, RN, FNP-C, AGN-BC, AOCNP, CBCN, Advanced Practice Provider, Texas Oncology

Publication: The Jewish Outlook
11/01/2017

In The Jewish Outlook's annual special section highlighting business and professional women, Texas Oncology-Austin Central's Elisabeth King - a nurse practitioner in medical oncology and hematology - discusses what led her to focus on cancer care within the field of nursing, fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), her typical day and what inspires her on the job. 

A Chance Encounter in an Emergency Room Has Kept This Cancer Survivor Going

Publication: The Dallas Morning News
10/29/2017

Singing has been a vital part of Renate Duty’s life for over three decades. She even met her husband of 32 years, Jim, when they were singing in different gospel quartets. It was after a performance in July 2015 that Renate unexpectedly lost consciousness. She was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Harris Methodist Hospital and underwent an X-ray of her chest as well as a CT scan of her brain. The diagnosis was grim: Stage 4 breast cancer with brain and lung metastases.

How One Patient Stumbled Upon Her Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Publication: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
10/29/2017

Damaged nerves behind her left eardrum, caused by head trauma, sent Ann to a specialist who prescribed a hearing aid. Ann considers what happened next providential. Leaving the office after her hearing aid appointment, Ann saw a sign reminding her to get her daily mammogram, so she went and immediately made an appointment that would prove to be the beginning of Ann's diagnosis.  

Family and Community Helped This Woman Overcome Two Terminal Cancer Diagnoses

Publication: The Dallas Morning News
10/22/2017

Hope and science. Both are crucial t