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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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Dramatic Drop Seen in Cancer Diagnoses During Pandemic

Publication: KRIV-TV (FOX, Houston)
05/18/2020
Gury Doshi, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, discusses increasing concern that patients are hesitant to undergo cancer screenings during COVID-19. According to Dr. Doshi, patients could miss the advantages of early diagnosis by delaying, which could make cancer more difficult to treat. Texas Oncology is encouraging people to continue being screened, as it's enhanced safety precautions and expanded telemedicine services.

Telemedicine: Reshaping the future of cancer care

Publication: Corsicana Daily Sun
05/18/2020
As our communities continue to adjust to social distancing, life looks a little different. What hasn’t changed for Texans living with cancer is the critical care required to fight their illness. Ashwani Agarwal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Corsicana explains how telemedicine can reshape and enhance the way patients receive cancer care.
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Austin Man Shares his Story of Recovery from COVID-19

Publication: KEYE-TV (CBS, Austin)
05/13/2020
Convalescent plasma therapy is being used in Austin to treat COVID-19 patients. After he tested positive for the virus, local postal worker Raul Chagoya was admitted to a local hospital and treated by Jeff Yorio, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central. Dr. Yorio discusses Raul’s treatment and positive results seen in other patients.

Elective Surgeries Proceed, but with Certain Requirements

Publication: KEYEDT2 (Telemundo, Austin)
05/07/2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued an executive order loosening surgery restrictions previously set to limit nonemergency medical procedures during COVID-19. Sylvia Jaramillo, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin North, explains how postponing surgeries can impact local cancer patients and expresses her support of the relaxed restrictions to allow for certain procedures to resume.

Texas Oncology Supports Cautious Reopening of Health Care and the Economy

Publication: eParis News, The Paris News
05/06/2020
Sucharu Prakash, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Paris, discussed the executive order allowing hospitals to resume elective surgeries and assured the public that Texas Oncology continues to prioritize care, while protecting the safety of their patients. According to Dr. Prakash, loosening restrictions allows Texas Oncology’s nearly 100 surgeons to resume collaborative relationships with hospital surgery units and in Texas to safely provide vital cancer-related care to patients.

Do I Have the Flu, Seasonal Allergies, or COVID-19?

Publication: Austin Medical Times
05/01/2020
When some of the symptoms for flu, seasonal allergies, and COVID-19 overlap, it can be confusing to tell the difference. James Uyeki, M.D., Kathryn Hudson, M.D., and Michael Teneriello, M.D., FACOG of Texas Oncology in Central Texas share guidelines from the CDC on addressing symptoms and precautions to take as a cancer patient during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oncology Research: Do I Have the Flu, Seasonal Allergies, or COVID-19?

Publication: Houston Medical Times
05/01/2020
When some of the symptoms for flu, seasonal allergies, and COVID-19 overlap, it can be confusing to tell the difference. As cancer patients should be especially vigilant in monitoring their health and protecting against infections, Sanjay Sethi, M.D., Texas Oncology–Sugar Land, discusses the signs to look for, how to tell COVID-19 symptoms from allergies or the flu, and precautions to take.

How I Practice Now: Reopening of In-Person Care at Texas Oncology?

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
04/30/2020
Journal of Clinical Pathways spoke with Lalan Wilfong, M.D., vice president of quality programs and value-based care, Texas Oncology, on whether the reopening of society will correlate with the reopening of surgical cancer care at Texas Oncology as well as the reliability of mass and rapid testing. Dr. Wilfong explains that clinicians must focus on what type of care is most important and vital, and if the delay of that care will impact the patient’s health and outcomes.

Genetic Testing Helps Find Cancer Possibilities: Waco Nurse Dealt with Breast Cancer Caused by Mutation

Publication: Waco Today Magazine
04/30/2020
The BRCA mutation is passed down from generation to generation and places women at a higher risk for developing breast, ovarian and other cancers. After her diagnosis, breast cancer patient Shawnna Latino underwent genetic testing, which revealed she had the BRCA mutation. This led to other family members being tested, including her mother, daughter, and maternal cousin. Carlos Encarnacion, M.D., FACP, medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle, encourages individuals with a family history of cancer to seek out genetic risk evaluations, underscoring the importance of early detection.

How I Practice Now: Physical Measures Taken for Patient Safety at Texas Oncology

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
04/29/2020
Journal of Clinical Pathways sat down with Michelle Ashworth, M.D., Texas Oncology-Round Rock, to discuss the measures the clinic has taken to provide an environment that is safe and supportive for patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ashworth explains the steps she and her staff have taken in order to provide uninterrupted, high-quality care to cancer patients during the crisis.

For Cancer Patients, Elective Surgeries Can’t Come Soon Enough

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
04/29/2020
The shelter-in-place order that ended elective surgeries is taking a physical and mental toll on cancer patients, but with Governor Abbott’s new order, relief could be on the way. Jeffrey Lamont, M.D., FACS, Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists and Steven Paulson, M.D., president and chairman of Texas Oncology, explain that Governor Abbott’s revised order is welcome news for many cancer patients, because surgery is an essential and urgent component of their diagnosis and treatment.

Fighting Cancer During a Pandemic

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
04/27/2020

Andrew Lee, M.D., MPH, medical director of Texas Center for Proton Therapy, discusses the steps he and his staff are taking to protect cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Lee, telemedicine has allowed vulnerable cancer patients to receive routine care without having to come into the clinic.

Why you still might have trouble scheduling your surgery despite relaxed coronavirus rules

Publication: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
04/27/2020
With Governor Abbott’s relaxed restrictions in place, some hospital systems and clinics in Tarrant County said they are starting to reschedule procedures — but in a limited way as they assess the new caveats. According to Jennifer Hecht, D.O., FACOS, Texas Breast Specialists-Southwest Fort Worth, in order to ensure safety during the outbreak, surgeons will need to evaluate each patient’s risk, their cancer, and timing before determining when to move forward with surgery.

How I Practice Now: Practice-Wide Changes at Texas Oncology

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
04/23/2020

Journal of Clinical Pathways sat down with Lalan Wilfong, M.D., vice president of quality programs and value-based care, Texas Oncology, to highlight the unique, practice-wide changes made across the network as a result of COVID-19.  Dr. Wilfong explains the recent changes that Texas Oncology recently implemented keep both patients and staff safe, while continuing to provide vital care for cancer patients during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Tyler Cancer Center Treating Patients While Maintaining Safe Environment

Publication: KLTV-TV (ABC, Tyler)
04/23/2020

Texas Oncology in Tyler is now offering telemedicine for routine follow-ups and Donald Richards, M.D., Ph.D., Texas Oncology—Tyler, says that in many cases, vital treatment cannot be delayed. According to Dr. Richards, many patients have curative diseases, but the treatment has to be given on-time without reducing the intensity of that treatment.

Texas Oncologists Fear Cancer Could Become Casualty of Coronavirus Pandemic

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
04/23/2020
Although cancer screenings are allowed under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s medical restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, some aren’t available right now and people are apprehensive of entering healthcare facilities. Shaun P. McKenzie, M.D., FACS, surgical oncologist at Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–South Austin and Austin North, explains how cancer screening procedures can continue outside of a hospital setting by assuring protective capabilities for preventing the spread of COVID-19 meet the state’s exemptions.

Doctors Prepare to Tackle Surgery Cases Put Off Because of Coronavirus

Publication: KABB-TV (FOX, San Antonio), WOAI-TV (NBC, San Antonio)
04/22/2020

Due to COVID-19, all minor medical procedures and non-emergency dental procedures have been put on hold; however, these procedures are now being resumed in Texas. Michael Keller, M.D., of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists, shares his expectation for a surge of patients and what that means for surgeons.

Elective Surgery Restrictions Relaxed, But Some Hospitals Say Not Worth It

Publication: KFDA-TV (CBS, Amarillo)
04/22/2020
Many elective surgeries are now able to resume under certain guidelines, which will be beneficial to cancer patients treated by providers like Texas Oncology. Anne Doughtie, M.D., of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Amarillo discussed the impact of these loosened restrictions on diagnosing and treating cancer, as well as the many precautions surgeons are taking to ensure patients are safe and hospitals remain prepared to treat COVID-19 patients.

Surgical Oncologist Happy Governor's Order Allows Elective Surgeries

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
04/22/2020

As elective surgeries begin again as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen some sectors of the state, Shaun P. McKenzie, M.D., FACS, and surgical oncologist at Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists in Austin explains the new guidelines for what types of procedures are allowed and when. Dr. McKenzie notes the importance of time between diagnosis and the start of treatment for new cancer patients while describing the role of hospital systems in ensuring safe environments for these procedures.

ABC-7 Xtra: Order Takes Effect Loosening Surgery Restrictions

Publication: KVIA-TV (ABC, El Paso)
04/22/2020
Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order loosening certain restrictions on elective surgeries took effect Wednesday. Jeffrey Lamont, M.D., of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists, appeared on KVIA-TV to discuss the need for surgical procedures for cancer to resume. According to Dr. Lamont, both patients and surgeons have experienced frustration in halting procedures for detection and treatment, which risked adverse outcomes. Dr. Lamont also discusses the processes Texas Oncology has in place to ensure hospitals continue to be equipped to treat COVID-19 patients as surgeries resume.

Texas Oncology Supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order Loosening Restrictions on Non-Essential Surgical Procedures

Publication: KVDA-TV (Telemundo, San Antonio)
04/22/2020
For many cancer patients, surgery is often an important component of their diagnosis and treatment. Antonio Santillan-Gomez, M.D., MBA, FACOG, gynecologic oncologist at Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center and Stone Oak, explains why Texas Oncology supports measures to resume elective surgeries with proper precautions during the coronavirus pandemic because cancer care can’t wait.

Cancer Care During COVID-19

Publication: Fredericksburg Standard 
04/22/2020
Oncologists around the nation have been faced with enforcing new social distancing rules during the pandemic. These new guidelines for medical practices and hospital systems have been put in place to keep patients, family members and staff safe. Mark Deleon, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Fredericksburg shares the challenges of meeting and treating cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Houston Hospitals to Start Phasing Back More Non-COVID-19 Care

Publication: Houston Chronicle 
04/22/2020

Houston-area hospitals will begin phasing in more care for non-COVID-19 patients. Texas Oncology’s network of nearly 100 surgeons believes Gov. Greg Abbott’s loosening of restrictions is critical, as surgery is a vital part of cancer diagnosis and treatment for many patients. According to R. Steven Paulson, M.D., president and chairman of the board for Texas Oncology, cancer treatment cannot be paused during COVID-19, which is why the decision is so important.

Some Nonessential Medical Procedures are Back On—With Conditions

Publication: Austonia
04/22/2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has lifted previous restrictions to allow for more nonessential surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shaun McKenzie, M.D., FACS, surgical oncologist at Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–South Austin and Austin North, explains that the loosened restrictions will allow for some cancer procedures to resume. Under this latest executive order, physicians are determining which surgeries should continue to avoid a surge of in-patient care that may exhaust PPE resources and bed capacity.

Cancer Patients Especially Vulnerable During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication: Spectrum News Austin
04/21/2020

Due to their compromised immune systems, cancer patients are at higher risk for severe symptoms of COVID-19. Texas Oncology remains open to provide care for patients continuing treatment during the pandemic. Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, explains that the practice has expanded its telemedicine capabilities to reduce traffic in its clinics and to ease the concerns of patients during this time.

Local Doctors Prepare to Resume Elective Surgeries

Publication: KSAT-TV (ABC, San Antonio)
04/21/2020

Michael Keller, M.D., of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists, appeared on KSAT-TV (ABC, San Antonio) to discuss Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order that loosened the restrictions on surgeries in Texas. According to Dr. Keller, surgery is a major component of treating cancer patients, but many did not previously meet the qualifications to allow for them to undergo treatment amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas Hospitals Now Free to Resume Some Treatments Delayed by Coronavirus Outbreak

Publication: KEYE-TV (CBS, Austin)
04/21/2020
In light of Gov. Greg Abbott's move to loosen surgery restrictions during COVID-19, Heather King, M.D., FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin, appeared on KEYE-TV (CBS, Austin) to discuss the impact of the decision for cancer patients. Dr. King elaborates on the importance of scaling down restrictions gradually to avoid a surge, while highlighting how the decision will benefit patients who were on hold for procedures but feel comfortable proceeding.

Texas Cancer Patients Will Now Have Greater Access to Surgeries During the Pandemic Under Revised Regulations

Publication: SurvivorNet
04/21/2020
Following Governor Abbott’s executive order to loosen surgery restrictions, Allison A. DiPasquale, M.D., of Texas Breast Specialists–Dallas, discussed how the changes give cancer patients access to necessary surgical therapies. According to Dr. DiPasquale, patients are excited at the opportunity to receive surgery sooner than expected, and Texas Oncology is working tirelessly with hospitals to start scheduling surgeries.

Medical Restrictions Loosened

Publication: KRIV-TV (FOX, Houston)
04/20/2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott's decision to loosen previously imposed COVID-19 restrictions on surgical procedures comes as a relief to many in the surgical community, especially those treating patients with cancer. Christine Lee, M.D., of Texas Oncology–The Woodlands, appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss the importance of this decision for Texans with cancer.

Local Cancer Clinic Welcomes Easing of Elective Surgery Restrictions

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS, Waco)
04/20/2020
Jeffrey P. Lamont, M.D., FACS, Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists, discusses our support for Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to ease restrictions on elective surgeries. According to Dr. Lamont, the change helps Texas Oncology move forward with necessary cancer care.

Do I Have the Flu, Seasonal Allergies, or COVID-19?

Publication: Corsicana Daily Sun
04/20/2020

Some symptoms for flu, seasonal allergies, and COVID-19 overlap, and it can be difficult to tell them apart. Ashwani Agarwal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Corsicana explains important differences, signs, and precautions for cancer patients.

Gov. Abbott: Schools Closed for Rest of Academic Year, Parts of Texas Economy to Slowly Re-Open

Publication: KDFW (FOX, Dallas-Fort Worth)
04/18/2020
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced plans to re-open parts of the state amidst the COVID-19 pandemic while closing schools for the remainder of the academic year. KDFW-TV highlights Texas Oncology’s statement following Gov. Abbott’s announcement, supporting the decision to loosen restrictions on surgeries that will allow cancer patients to continue their care during the pandemic.

Desperate Families Turn To Social Media in Search of Convalescent Plasma

Publication: CBS News
04/18/2020
Amid COVID-19, scientists are researching convalescent plasma as a potential treatment. But with a limited number of donors and growing demand, some families are turning to social media to find donors for the experimental treatment. Jeff Yorio, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Central has treated four COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma throughout April.

Austin Doctors Treating Sickest COVID-19 Patients with Plasma from Survivors

Publication: KEYE-TV (CBS, Austin)
04/15/2020
Plasma from one donor who has fully recovered from COVID-19 contains the antibodies needed to potentially help one to three patients get over the virus, according to Jeff Yorio, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central. Dr. Yorio worked with We Are Blood to treat four of Austin’s sickest COVID-19 patients, who have been among the first to try this path toward recovery.

Telehealth on Rise During Pandemic

Publication: Fort Bend Star
04/14/2020
To keep patients safe amidst COVID-19, Texas Oncology announced a major expansion of its telemedicine services to allow patients to schedule virtual visits with more than 400 physicians and 150 advanced practice providers. According to Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, transitioning to telehealth has been a smooth process and an important way to continue serving patients while reducing their risk.

Using Clinical Informatics to Navigate a Crisis: How Technology and Policy Change Can Influence Cancer Care Delivery

Publication: JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics
04/14/2020
During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many providers have faced new challenges as they manage some of the country’s most vulnerable citizens, patients with cancer. In this authored article, Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, discusses how informatics tools can inform decisions and manage the patient population during this time of escalating risk and complexity.

Guest Commentary: Clinical Trials an Option for Coronavirus

Publication: The Paris News
04/13/2020
Sucharu Prakash, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Paris, feels hopeful as the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing down, but he urges people to follow social distancing guidelines until the pandemic is over. According to Dr. Prakash, between new therapeutics and a vaccine, coronavirus will be easily controlled and not be a strain on society, our economy, or the medical infrastructure.

Texas Doctors Are Using Plasma from Recovered COVID-19 Patients to Treat Others. They’re Not Yet Sure if it Will Work.

Publication: Texas Tribune
04/11/2020
Doctors around the country are experimenting with a new coronavirus treatment that injects antibody-rich plasma from people who have recovered into people who have severe cases of COVID-19. In Austin, Jeff Yorio, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Central helped start a convalescent plasma infusion program and remains hopeful about the treatment.

Telehealth Helps Cancer Patients Continue Treatment

Publication: Times Record News
04/11/2020
For the more than 55,000 cancer patients Texas Oncology serves each year, treatment cannot be paused, even during a worldwide health crisis. To continue providing cancer patients with necessary care, Texas Oncology expanded is telemedicine services to allow patients to meet virtually with their physicians while safely in their homes. According to Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, the expansion is critical to safeguard the health of thousands of cancer patients that are at a higher risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus due to compromised immune systems.

Some Residents Were in a Fight for Life Before COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS, Waco)
04/10/2020
Texas Oncology understands the challenges for cancer patients like Ruth Snell, who are at even greater risk due to coronavirus but need to continue treatment. Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, was featured on KWTX discussing options available to patients during this time, including telemedicine, which allow patients to continue getting necessary care while keeping them safe.

Expanding Telemedicine at Texas Oncology

Publication: KRIV-TV (FOX, Houston)
04/09/2020
Texas Oncology is taking many steps, including expanding its telemedicine capabilities, to remain available to patients as the COVID-19 crisis impacts cancer treatment. According to Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, many patients are now seen virtually in order to reduce in-person visits. Texas Oncology's coordinated effort has ensured patients continue to receive high-quality cancer care throughout the epidemic.

North Texans with Serious Health Issues Having to Choose Between Delaying Treatment or Risk Getting COVID-19

Publication: KDFW-TV (FOX, Dallas-Fort Worth)
04/08/2020
Andrew Lee, M.D., MPH, medical director of Texas Center for Proton Therapy, was featured on KDFW-TV discussing choices North Texans with serious health issues have to make during COVID-19. According to Dr. Lee, his patients had been anxious about potential delays in treatment, but quick telemedicine visits clarified a lot of their questions and concerns. He also noted that he expects a backlog of patients once things return to normal and Texas Center for Proton Therapy is prepared to work extended hours to accommodate.

Cancel Chemo or Risk Compromised Immune System? Cancer Patients and Oncologists Confront Coronavirus Challenges

Publication: The Texas Tribune
04/07/2020
To combat coronavirus, many hospitals and medical providers are canceling procedures and surgeries, but cancer patients facing delayed treatments say the stakes are higher for them. Debra Patt, M.D, MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, addresses how providers are balancing policy changes and the need for continued treatment to maintain patient and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentary: Please Stay Home: A Plea!

Publication: The Paris News
04/04/2020
Sucharu Prakash, M.D. of Texas Oncology–Paris discusses how the lack of COVID-19 testing makes it impossible to accurately detect cases within the community. Dr. Prakash urges residents to be proactive instead of reactive and maintain physical distancing to prevent infecting immunocompromised patients.

Texas Oncology Uses Telemedicine to Check on Patients

Publication: KFDX-TV (NBC, Wichita Falls)
04/03/2020
As essential businesses adjust their policies to combat COVID-19, Texas Oncology expanded its telemedicine services to continue providing care for cancer patients. According to Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, telemedicine helps patients and physicians continue managing needed care and communication during this challenging time.

Area Health Care Providers Expand Use Of Telemedicine

Publication: Longview News-Journal
04/03/2020
Dallas-based Texas Oncology, reported a major expansion of its telemedicine services to allow patients to schedule virtual visits with more than 400 physicians and 150 advanced practice providers throughout the statewide cancer care practice. Texas Center for Proton Therapy, Texas Breast Specialists, and Texas Urology Specialists, are also participating in the telemedicine initiative.

Texas Oncology’s Telemedicine Expansion Helps Conduct Over 500 Virtual Visits a Day

Publication: Dallas Innovates
04/03/2020
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Texas Oncology expanded its telemedicine capabilities, allowing physicians to monitor and consult patients remotely and hopefully flatten the curve while continuing to provide life-saving care to current cancer patients. Using a downloadable video conferencing app, cancer patients can now schedule virtual visits with more than 400 physicians and 150 advanced practice providers throughout the state’s cancer care practice.

Breast Surgery and Reconstruction During COVID-19

Publication: BreastCancer.org
04/03/2020
Many patients diagnosed with breast cancer are concerned because their breast cancer surgery or reconstruction surgery has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie Sprunt, M.D., FACS, of Texas Breast Specialists–Austin, joined by Austin-area plastic surgeon Dr. Elisabeth Potter, shares why many breast cancer surgeries can be safely delayed and what those patients should know during COVID-19.

Never Too Young: What Adults Under 50 Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
04/01/2020
While youth is considered a time that is carefree and without concerns, recent research indicates that colorectal cancer is on the rise in younger adults, reminding us that cancer knows no age restrictions. Mika Cline, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, and Cesar K. Tin-U, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Sugar Land share advice on how to take control of your health.

At-Home DNA Tests Can Identify Health Risks, But There Are Pitfalls

Publication: Houston Chronicle 
03/26/2020
As at-home DNA tests grow in popularity, genetic information is more available and affordable than ever before, but these at-home DNA tests can lead to more questions than answers, especially when it comes to cancer mutations. Dhatri Kodali, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Deke Slayton and Kate Principe, genetics coordinator, Gulf Coast, discuss the limitations of these tests and considerations for patients.

Texas Oncology Paris Dedicated to Fight COVID-19

Publication: eParis News
03/25/2020
Sucharu Prakash, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Paris, addressed health concerns around COVID-19 and assured the public that Texas Oncology will prioritize care, while protecting the safety of their patients and staff. According to Dr. Prakash, additional screening safety precautions are in place and Texas Oncology’s goal is to limit exposure risk by only allowing people who are essential to operations inside the facility.

Lalan Wilfong, M.D., Shares Knowledge on How to Thrive in the Rapidly Evolving Alternative Payment Model Landscape

Publication: OBR
03/10/2020
Lalan Wilfong, M.D., executive vice president of Value-Based Care and Quality Programs at Texas Oncology, discusses what oncology practices and cancer centers need to know in order to thrive in the rapidly evolving Alternative Payment Model landscape. According to Dr. Wilfong, cancer centers need to understand how their practices behave, report quality metrics, and provide care, as well as identify deficiencies and areas for improvement.

International Women's Day: Cancer Survivor Shares Her Story

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS)
03/08/2020
Texas Oncology patient Shawnna Latino fought breast cancer alongside her mother and brother, who were also receiving treatment for breast and prostate cancers at the same time, respectively. Through genetic testing, she learned that she had the BRCA mutation and that it increased her risk for certain cancers, especially breast and ovarian cancers. Carlos Encarnacion, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle says that only 10 percent of people who have the BRCA mutation are aware that they have a mutation that increases their chances of cancer.

The Ones For Wellness: Colorectal Cancer

Publication: KTVT-TV (CBS, Dallas)
03/03/2020
As part of a recurring series, “The Ones For Wellness,” CBS 11 spotlighted the story of Dallas-based colorectal cancer patient Danny Robertson. Suddenly fainting in front of colleagues led Danny to his first doctor's appointment in 30 years, during which he underwent his first colonoscopy at age 57, and was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer that had spread to his liver. 

Looking Past the Lingo to Understand Your Diagnosis

Publication: Houston Medical Times
03/01/2020
In addition to feelings of anxiety, grief, and apprehension following a cancer diagnosis, many patients experience information overload. Srinath Sundararajan, M.D., FACP, of Texas Oncology–Katy provides tips for looking past the medical jargon to better understand your diagnosis. 

Two Austin Wedding Photographers Battle Cancer – Together

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
02/25/2020
Bill and Karen Peary, husband and wife wedding photographers, have been married for 25 years but never imagined that they would fight cancer together. In 2009, Bill found out that he had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Then in 2016, Karen was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and underwent a bone marrow transplant. Michael Kasper, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Central, developed care plans for the Pearys that allowed them to benefit from innovative blood cancer treatments in Austin while they continued to manage their photography business.

Power of Prayer: Rick Garrett’s Ministry to Cancer Patients

Publication: KLTV-TV (ABC, Tyler)
02/17/2020
As cancer patients embark on their treatment journeys, Rick Garrett wants to help them find spiritual healing at the same time. After Rick was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2013 and completed radiation and chemotherapy treatments, he’s since made it his mission to lead others through darkness. A few days a week, Rick prays with patients at the Texas Oncology–Tyler clinic.

Plugged In To DFW: Genetic Testing

Publication: KTXA-TV (CBS, Dallas-Fort worth)
02/16/2020
Ann Bunnell, MS, CGC, who serves as the regional genetics coordinator for Texas Oncology’s DFW West region, is featured in a segment for “Plugged In To DFW,” discussing genetic testing as it relates to cancer. Ann discusses the basics of DNA and genetic testing, in addition its implications on cancer prevention, touching on the difference between at-home genetic testing kits and clinical genetic counseling through a certified provider like Texas Oncology. Ann elaborates on the benefits of clinical genetic counseling and how to approach the discussion and decision to participate in such testing.

Texas Oncology Foundation Hosts One-Day Symposium

Publication: KSAT-TV (ABC, San Antonio)
02/15/2020
The Texas Oncology Foundation hosted the Survive and Thrive Symposium in San Antonio focused on equipping those affected by cancer with tools to better manage their situations and learn survivorship skills. KSAT-TV’s “Good Morning San Antonio” shared more details about the event offering support to cancer survivors and caregivers as they navigate life post-treatment.

In Sickness and in Health: Austin Wedding Photographer Couple Battles Cancer and Wins

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
02/14/2020
Bill and Karen Peary have worked together for nearly 13 years as wedding photographers and translated that teamwork into fighting blood cancers together. In 2009, Bill was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Karen was later diagnosed with multiple myeloma and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2016. The Pearys credit their support for one another and care from Michael Kasper, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Central, for helping them become cancer-free.

Cancer Rates Decrease in the United States

Publication: Baytown Sun
02/14/2020
Pamela Medellin, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Baytown discusses factors contributing to the decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. According to Dr. Medellin, key factors include early detection, improved therapies, and patients becoming more cognizant of their own health.

Cancer Deaths on Decline While Patient Quality of Life Improves

Publication: Katy Times
02/13/2020
Gury Doshi, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Katy discusses factors contributing to the steep decline of cancer death rates in the U.S. According to Dr. Doshi, the decrease is due to a mix of factors, including reduced tobacco use, improved screening, genetic testing, immunotherapies, and clinical trials.

Urology Specialists Open Practice

Publication: Longview News-Journal
02/09/2020
Texas Urology Specialists–Longview opened at 802 Medical Circle, Suite 400, and hired board-certified urologists Gregory Edwards, M.D., Landon Erickstad, M.D., Mark Erickstad, M.D., and Brian Williams, M.D. The urologists, who bring a combined 71 years of experience to the practice, will provide pre-screening, testing, and ongoing treatment of urological conditions to both men and women.

Cancer Mortality Rates Reach Record Low

Publication: KTAB-TV (CBS, Abilene)
02/07/2020
Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D., FACOG, of Texas Oncology–Abilene discusses the largest ever one-year drop in the cancer mortality rate on KTAB-TV’s 4U. Dr. Spillman analyzes the factors behind the dramatic decrease, including prevention, early detection, and drug improvements. Dr. Spillman also touches on a few of the reasons why patients are living longer with cancer, and how societal changes, like tobacco use, also contributed to decreased mortality rates.

Pathway Use to Increase Value for Patients, Direct Data Analysis for Practices

Publication: Journal of Clinical Pathways
02/06/2020
Scott Paulson, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, describes the importance of a clinical pathway for stomach cancer used across the network for improving overall value for patients as well as directing practice data analyses to improve patient care.

Austin Couple Battles Through Their Worst Times While Helping Others Remember Their Best

Publication: KXAN-TV (NBC, Austin)
02/06/2020
Bill and Karen Peary worked as a husband-and-wife team photographing weddings in Central Texas for over 12 years when they suddenly had to fight blood cancer together. Bill was diagnosed first with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009 and Karen was later diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2016 and underwent a bone marrow transplant. Michael Kasper, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Central, developed care plans for the Pearys that would allow them to benefit from innovative blood cancer treatments in Austin while allowing them to stay close to the wedding work and people they love – especially each other. Now cancer survivors, they’re still living out their happily-ever-afters through a thriving photography business.

Cancer Grounded this Pilot, But Didn't Defeat Him

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas–Fort Worth)
02/04/2020
For David Whitson, flying planes isn’t just a job – it’s a lifelong passion. However, that passion was halted when David was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and grounded by the FAA. Brian Berryman, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center Blood and Marrow Transplant, was featured on WFAA-TV discussing David’s diagnosis and the lengthy process he underwent to obtain clearance to fly after treatment. With the help of David’s care team, he completed treatment and was cleared by the FAA to fly again.

New Statistics Show Decrease in Cancer Mortality Rates, Thanks to New Treatments Like Immunotherapy

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
02/02/2020
The American Cancer Society recently reported a historic single-year drop in cancer death rates. Thomas Harris, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Waco joined KXXV-TV to discuss promising treatments such as immunotherapies that have contributed to this progress. He also shares cancer prevention tips with viewers, explaining that early detection and a maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help save lives.

Blood Cancer Breakthroughs: Targeted Therapies Take the Lead in the Future of Treatment

Publication: Austin Medical Times
02/01/2020
Back in 2001, targeted therapy for cancer was a new development unlike anything on the market at the time. Now in 2020, it sits squarely at the forefront of cancer care and continues to advance, bettering the chances of good outcomes and minimized side effects for patients with blood cancers. Jason Melear, M.D., medical oncologist and hematologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, highlights these advancements and what it means for blood cancer patients in Texas.

Coping with Cancer: How Finding Your Motivation Can Shape Your Journey

Publication: Houston Medical Times, Austin Medical Times
02/01/2020
According to the National Institutes of Health, a hopeful outlook can help the body deal with cancer. Once the initial shock of diagnosis wears off, you may feel a wide range of emotions, but finding a sense of motivation and hope can help you face the many challenges of cancer.

Report: Largest One-Year Drop in Cancer-Related Deaths Ever

Publication: Houston Chronicle
01/30/2020
As a report by the American Cancer Society reveals the largest drop in cancer-related deaths in any one year, Gury Doshi, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, discusses factors in the decline. Dr. Doshi shares her opinion that decreased tobacco use and cancer treatment advancements are largest contributors to the drop.

Cancer Deaths in U.S. See Drop Across the Board

Publication: KVII-TV (ABC, Amarillo)
01/29/2020
Praveen Tumula, M.D., FACP, of Texas Oncology–Amarillo Cancer Center was featured on KVII-TV discussing recent declines in cancer mortality rates. According to Dr. Tumula, improvements in clinical trial designs, imaging modalities, and therapy have improved the understanding of cancer biology and led to more advancements in cancer research.

At-Home DNA Tests: Discussing Risks, Reliability and Differences

Publication: KVUE-TV (ABC, Austin)
01/29/2020
At-home DNA tests can help people learn about their ancestry and potential health risks. However, there are factors consumers should consider in order to properly evaluate cancer risk. Gayle Patel, M.S., CGC, director of Texas Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing Program, joined KVUE-TV to discuss the importance of knowing one’s family history and the differences between at-home DNA tests and genetic testing completed in a clinical setting.

Texas Oncology Subsidiary Partners with Boston Artificial Intelligence Firm

Publication: D CEO Healthcare
01/27/2020
Texas Oncology subsidiary Precision Health Informatics is partnering with Concerto HealthAI to expand their precision medicine treatment of cancer patients. The collaboration will advance novel research solutions, integrating deep clinical insights derived from electronic medical record data, particularly information about the molecular basis of disease derived from tissue or liquid samples.

What 23andMe, Ancestry.com Kits Aren’t Telling You About Your Health Risk

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
01/24/2020
At-home genetic tests were a popular gift item this past holiday season. However, there are factors consumers should be aware of when using these tests to determine health risks. Gayle Patel, M.S., CGC, director of Texas Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) Program, discusses what at-home genetic tests aren’t telling you and why you should consult a doctor about the results. 

Innovative Cancer Treatment Gives Kyle Resident a New Lease on Life

Publication: Hays Free Press
01/22/2020
Kindergarten teacher Brianna Bonnet was the first Texas Oncology patient in Austin to receive CAR-T therapy commercially. CAR-T therapy is an innovative immunotherapy treatment which involves reprogramming a patient’s T-cells to fight cancer cells. Under the care of Jason Melear, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, Brianna has responded well to the treatment and has returned to the classroom.

U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Hit Record Decline

Publication: KFDX-TV (NBC, Wichita Falls)
01/21/2020
Kent Ulrich, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Wichita Falls Cancer Center was featured on KFDX-TV discussing new data from the American Cancer Society that shows a record decline in cancer deaths across the U.S. Dr. Ulrich highlighted innovations in cancer care in recent years, including the benefit of immunotherapy on cancer treatment outcomes and survival.

Discussing Technology's Impact on Cancer Care

Publication: Oncology Times
01/20/2020
Darshan Gandhi, M.D., and Ananth Arjunan, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Methodist Charlton Cancer Center were featured in Oncology Times discussing how technology impacts their practices in 2020, and what they hope to see in future frontiers of medical technology. The story was part of a content series called “Colleague Conversations,” in which two colleagues – one with several years of experience and one newer to the field – discuss their approach to a specific topic.

OCM Practices Take on Two-Sided Risk, but Uncertainty Looms

Publication: OBR
01/20/2020
Lalan Wilfong, M.D., executive vice president of Value-Based Care and Quality Programs at Texas Oncology, discussed Texas Oncology’s participation in the Oncology Care Model. According to Dr. Wilfong, the fact that the alternative two-sided risk arrangement calculates financial payments and penalties on the basis of a practice’s revenue, not expenditures, was one reason Texas Oncology chose to move to downside risk.

Historic Cancer Death Rate Decline

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
01/17/2020
Following an American Cancer Society report indicating a historic drop in cancer death rates, Athira Unnikrishnan, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown was featured on KTBC-TV discussing racial and gender gaps in cancer death rates, the types of cancers seeing the largest declines, and developments in immunotherapy and targeted therapies contributing to progress in survival rates.

Cancer Mortality Rates Decreasing Nationwide, Still Increasing Slightly in East Texas

Publication: KLTV-TV (ABC, Tyler)
01/16/2020
The cancer mortality rate in East Texas is higher than the nationwide average, but local doctors says it’s getting better. Donald Richards, M.D., medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Tyler, discusses recent trends in cancer treatments in East Texas, noting the impact of early detection on improved survival.

Data Analytics Improving Care Coordination Programs

Publication: Managed Healthcare Executive
01/09/2020
Lalan Wilfong, M.D., executive vice president of value-based care and quality programs at Texas Oncology, discusses how electronic triage programs can improve patient care. Dr. Wilfong describes Texas Oncology’s implementation of Navigating Care, an electronic triage platform that improves efficiency of patient call transfers and returns.

What You Should Know About Managing Pain During Cancer Treatment

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
01/01/2020
Maintaining quality of life and a sense of normalcy are important for cancer patients throughout their cancer journey, but treatment and the disease itself can take tremendous physical and emotional tolls on patients. Shaun McKenzie, M.D., FACS, of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–South Austin, and Meghana Bhandari, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Sugar Land, share guidance for patients managing pain during treatment.

The Rise In Colon Cancer Among Younger Adults: What You Should Know to Cut Cancer Risk

Publication: The Jewish Outlook
01/01/2020
Staying healthy is important at any age – and it could save your life. In The Jewish Outlook's annual Health & Fitness section, Athira Unnikrishnan, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown discusses the rise in colon cancer among younger adults and steps for improving overall health as it relates to cancer prevention.

Get a DNA Kit for Christmas? Here’s Something You Need to Know

Publication: KWTX-TV (CBS, Waco)
12/26/2019
Often popular Christmas gifts, at-home DNA tests can help people understand their risk for developing certain health conditions, including cancer. However, these tests are only a small piece of a larger genetics puzzle. Carlos Encarnacion, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Horizon Circle, explains that individuals should discuss test results with a medical provider.

There's No Place Like Home. Two Medical Doctors are Breaking Barriers in the Panhandle

Publication: KVII-TV (ABC, Amarillo)
12/10/2019
Amarillo natives Anne Doughtie, M.D., and Rachel Weinheimer, M.D., of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Amarillo, were featured on KVII-TV discussing their impacts on Amarillo healthcare. Joining forces in their hometown, the surgical oncologists work towards building a multi-disciplinary cancer center, offering Panhandle patients closer access to comprehensive cancer care.

Why Is Esophageal Cancer on the Rise?

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
11/26/2019
Esophageal cancer patient Shannon DiMascio and medical oncologist Wendy Mahone-Johnson, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Plano Prestonwood, were featured on WFAA-TV discussing life with chronic cancer. In the piece, Dr. Mahone-Johnson explains the clinical details of Shannon’s story and the treatment she continues receiving to control her cancer. The story not only encourages early detection, but also raises awareness of the shift to treating cancer as a chronic disease.

Why Is Esophageal Cancer on the Rise?

Publication: WFAA-TV (ABC, Dallas-Fort Worth)
11/26/2019
Wendy Mahone-Johnson, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Plano Prestonwood discusses esophageal cancer patient Shannon DiMascio’s story and the treatment she continues receiving to control her cancer. Shannon and Dr. Mahone-Johnson shed a light on how the shift toward treating cancer as a chronic disease allows patients to continue living their lives to the fullest.

When it Comes to Cancer, It’s a Family Affair

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times, Pflugerville Pflag, Round Rock Leader, San Antonio Express-News
11/20/2019
Families play an integral role in cancer care. Many patients walk most of the miles of their cancer journey alongside family members – outside of the clinic or hospital. Susan Escudier, M.D., FACP, of Texas Oncology– Houston Medical Center, Krishna Patel, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Round Rock North, and Emmalind Aponte, M.D, of Texas Oncology–San Antonio Medical Center, share how families can cultivate an environment of care and support.

New Texas Oncology–The Woodlands Radiation Center Officially Opens

Publication: Woodlands Online
11/05/2019
Texas Oncology–The Woodlands Radiation Center officially opened its doors to provide high-quality radiation services to local cancer patients. With the addition of the new 15,000-square-foot radiation facility, Texas Oncology–The Woodlands is now a comprehensive cancer center offering both medical and radiation oncology, sitting on the campus of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands.

Danny Box: Even Cancer Can’t Conquer a Servant’s Heart

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
11/03/2019
After being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, Danny Box’s medical oncologist, Darren Kocs, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Round Rock, recommended him for a genetic evaluation with Jerrad Stoddard, PA-C, M.A., M.S. Test results determined that Danny had an inherited cancer condition known as Lynch syndrome. After Danny’s evaluation, all three of his children were tested and his family swiftly became aware of the importance of cancer screenings.

A Brighter Outlook for Metastatic Breast Cancer

Publication: CURE Magazine
11/01/2019
Michelina Cairo, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City, was featured in a CURE Magazine article about new metastatic breast cancer treatments that are improving patient quality of life and survival rates. Dr. Cairo explained the role of drug combinations and menopause in metastatic cancer treatments.

A Patient’s Guide to Managing Cancer as a Chronic Illness

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
11/01/2019
Treatment advancements have made it possible for some patients to live with and manage cancer as a chronic illness. Punit Chadha, M.D., of Texas Oncology–South Austin and Anish Meerasahib, M.A, M.D., of Texas Oncology–Deke Slayton Cancer Center share considerations for living with chronic cancer.

Business & Professional Women in Austin: Gayle Patel, Genetic Counselor, Texas Oncology

Publication: The Jewish Outlook
11/01/2019
In The Jewish Outlook's annual special section highlighting business and professional women, Gayle Patel, MS, CGC, discusses her role as director of Texas Oncology’s Genetic Risk Evaluation and Testing (GREAT) Program, genetic risk associated with cancer, and what inspires her on the job.

Breast Cancer "Myths": Fact or Fiction?

Publication: KABB-TV (FOX, San Antonio), WOAI-TV (NBC, San Antonio)
10/29/2019
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, KABB-TV and WOAI-TV shared Texas Oncology’s facts debunking common breast cancer myths. The common misconceptions about breast cancer relate to family history of the disease, gender risks, surgical options, cancerous lumps, and recurrence after treatment.

Moving Into the Future of Cancer Care Through OCM 2.0

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
10/29/2019
What would a successor to the Oncology Care Model (OCM) look like? Lalan Wilfong, M.D., medical oncologist with Texas Oncology–Presbyterian Cancer Center Dallas, and other community oncologists discussed ways to build on the investment at the Payer Exchange Summit sponsored by the Community Oncology Alliance.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: New BRCA Gene Mutation Guidelines

Publication: KTBC-TV (FOX, Austin)
10/28/2019
During the final installment of their Breast Cancer Awareness Month series, FOX 7 Austin's Amanda Salinas catches up with breast cancer survivor Rachel Belkin to discuss life after treatment, and Debra Patt, M.D., MPH, MBA, executive vice president of Texas Oncology, who highlights recent updates to BRCA screening guidelines and the impact of these updates on patients like Rachel.

Turner Industries Employees Donate to Texas Oncology Foundation

Publication: The Paris News
10/27/2019
Turner Industries, inspired by co-worker Valerie Vanderburg’s cancer journey, decided to donate funds to Texas Oncology Foundation in her honor. Valerie Vanderburg is a current patient at Texas Oncology–Paris and a quality coordinator at Turner Industries in Paris.

#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.

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.

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
03/18/2019
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 w