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Revolutionizing the Patient Experience Through Next-Generation Cancer Care

Publication: Cleburne Times-Review

By Sandhya Bejjanki, M.D., Texas Oncology–Cleburne

Technology alone won’t cure cancer, but new innovations and approaches are helping patients win the fight against cancer. Advancements like robotic surgery and innovative treatments like immunotherapy are among the many approaches improving quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

This leap to next-generation cancer care has the ability to greatly improve outcomes and the overall patient experience. Let’s take a look at some of the leading-edge treatments and approaches to care that are revolutionizing cancer care.

As technology advances, the way patients receive cancer care is changing. It’s no longer only chemotherapy infusions and radiation treatment. Even those treatments are advancing, with some chemotherapy given as an oral pill, and proton therapy offering an advanced form of radiation treatment.

Immunotherapy is another innovative treatment type. Our immune systems help us fight infection and disease. Cancer care directly impacts and generally weakens our immune systems. Immunotherapy uses the body’s own defense mechanisms, including the immune system, to fight cancer at the cellular level. This advanced treatment is used for many types of cancer.

Combination therapies—the use of more than one therapy option to, for example, combat drug resistance and increase the benefits to the patient—is also on the rise. Thanks to advances in research and clinical trials, we are learning more about new combination drugs therapies and how they can positively impact patients undergoing cancer treatment. Moreover, a patient may be presented with an opportunity to use multiple treatment options together as opposed to relying solely on only one treatment option. An example of this is a breakthrough drug that may be best combined with a more traditional chemotherapy treatment option.

Innovative technologies and treatment options will propel us into the next generation of cancer care. At Texas Oncology we take a holistic approach to care that marries leading-edge technology and treatment with our adoption of a team-based approach to care. Patients are guided by our experts from the earliest days of their cancer journey. Whether it’s after-hours care coordination, patient navigation, emotional support or treatment planning, our oncology care team plays an important role in surrounding our patients with the support they need. These trusted members of the care team guide patients through every aspect of their treatment.

The innovative advances driving the leap forward in care provide access to an array of patient-focused services that improve outcomes and the patient experience. These leading principles culminate in a patient-first, compassionate model of care at the heart of Texas communities.

We take this approach to cancer care at every one of our clinic locations, whether you are in Houston, Dallas, Amarillo, or somewhere in between. I’m excited about the future of cancer care and proud to be a part of the revolutionary approaches we are embracing at Texas Oncology.

Sandhya Bejjanki, M.D., is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Cleburne, 191 Walls Drive in Cleburne, Texas.

Read this story at Cleburne Times-Review.

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