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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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The Benefits of Meditation for Cancer Patients

Publication: The Pittsburg Gazette
05/16/2024

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Tanyel S. Williams, LMSW, ACSW, CHW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C, a social worker at Texas Oncology–Greenville Lou & Jack Finney Cancer Center, Longview Cancer Center, Palestine Cancer Center, Paris, and Pittsburg, shares the benefits of meditation and strategies to help patients incorporate mindful practices into their daily routines.

MEDICAL COLUMN: The Benefits of Meditation for Cancer Patients

Publication: Palestine Herald-Press
05/09/2024

Meditation is a common mind-body practice often used alongside conventional treatment to help manage cancer-related symptoms and deal with the feelings that accompany cancer diagnosis and treatment. Tanyel S. Williams, LMSW, ACSW, CHW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C, a social worker at Texas Oncology–Greenville Lou & Jack Finney Cancer Center, Longview Cancer Center, Palestine Cancer Center, Paris, and Pittsburg, shares the benefits of meditation, strategies to help patients incorporate mindful practices into their daily routines, and mindfulness resources created by Texas Oncology to help cancer patients at every stage of their journey.

The Benefits of Meditation for Cancer Patients

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
05/01/2024
Cancer treatment usually brings to mind conventional treatment options such as chemotherapy or radiation, but today’s cancer treatment can include a holistic, mind-body approach, including meditation. Athira Unnikrishnan, M.D., Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, and Pavel Levine, M.D., Ph.D., Texas Oncology–Houston Southeast and Pearland, explain the benefits of meditation for cancer patients and shares ways that patients can add mindfulness practices into their daily lives. 

Dallas Clinical Trial Explores Slowing Skin Cancer Recurrence With COVID-19 Technology

Publication: KERA News (NPR, North Texas)
04/22/2024
Dallas and Austin are part of a worldwide clinical trial underway to find a more effective treatment to lower the recurrence of melanoma or high-risk skin cancer. KERA’s Sam Baker talks with Charles Lance Cowey, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Baylor Sammons Cancer Center and an investigator on the studies for the melanoma vaccine.

Texas Oncology providing care for more than 30 years

Publication: The Paris News
04/21/2024
Texas Oncology has been serving cancer patients in Paris for more than three decades, providing comprehensive care customized to each patient’s specific cancer type. In fact, as a result of the center’s ongoing commitment to comprehensive care, the Texas Oncology-Paris radiation oncology team recently earned accreditation through the Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®) by the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Global Phase 3 Trial Investigates mRNA Vaccine for Melanoma Treatment

Publication: Targeted Oncology
04/11/2024

A global phase 3 clinical trial planning to evaluate an mRNA vaccine for the treatment of patients with high-risk melanoma that have already undergone surgery is underway. Jeff Yorio, M.D., medical oncologist and central Texas research leader for Texas Oncology, discussed with Targeted Oncology the unmet needs in this patient group and plans for this phase 3 study.

Austin Doctor Speaks on New Clinical Trial to Prevent Melanoma Reoccurrence

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
04/02/2024
Jeff Yorio, M.D., lead trial investigator at Texas Oncology-Austin Central joined KTBC-TV’s (FOX, Austin) “HealthBeat” segment to discuss the new clinical trial using mRNA technology to prevent melanoma reoccurrence. Dr. Yorio shared more about the status of patient enrollment, why this clinical trial is so unique, and the likelihood of this vaccine going to market within the next few years.

When Your Cancer Returns: Understanding, Coping, and Moving Forward

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
04/02/2024
While the prospect of cancer recurrence may evoke feelings of fear, anger, or uncertainty, it’s also good to remember that feelings of hope and resilience can coexist. Hope Engelbrecht, M.D., Texas Oncology–Cedar Park, Round Rock North and Abhilasha Patel, M.D., Texas Oncology–Houston Willowbrook Radiation Oncology, explain that understanding the nature of recurrence, addressing the emotional and practical concerns to cope with the diagnosis, and actively engaging in treatment decisions, one can navigate the journey of cancer recurrence with support, strength, and perseverance.
 

Colorectal Cancer Rising Among Young Adults

Publication: KAMR-TV (NBC, Amarillo)
03/29/2024

“If you listen to your body, when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it scream,” said 27-year-old colon cancer patient of Rachel A. Weinheimer’s, M.D., FACS, Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists-Amarillo. This Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, the two joined KAMR-TV (NBC, Amarillo) to discuss how colorectal cancer is on the rise among young adults – sharing with viewers how early detection is key, what signs and symptoms to watch for and the benefits of Texas Oncology offering comprehensive care along with an individualized treatment plan to patients.

Melanoma vaccine clinical trial looking for Central Texas participants

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
03/28/2024
Texas Oncology has enrolled patients in a phase 3 clinical trial testing an mRNA vaccine for stage II-IV melanoma that has been surgically resected. Jeff Yorio, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central and trial investigator, shares with KVUE-TV the goal of the trial and what patients are eligible, why mRNA technology is innovative and exciting in cancer care, and how personalization of cancer treatment helps target patients’ individual cancers.