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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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Maintenance Therapy With Niraparib Prolongs PFS in Ovarian Cancer

Publication: Targeted Oncology
Robert L. Coleman, M.D., FACOG, FACS, Texas Oncology-The Woodlands spoke with Targeted Oncology about the effect of maintenance therapy with niraparib on ovarian cancer. In the article, Dr. Coleman discusses the research he presented at ASCO, which found that niraparib (Zejula) as a maintenance therapy improved progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer after first-line platinum-based chemotherapy, regardless of postoperative residual disease or biomarker status.

Texas Oncology Opens New, Expanded Comprehensive Cancer Center in Amarillo

Publication: Medical Construction & Design

Texas Oncology has opened a new 50,000-square-foot cancer center in Amarillo, expanding the capacity of the practice to meet the growing need for cancer care in the Texas Panhandle region. The general design scheme was inspired by Amarillo’s unique landscape, and materials were selected for their visible texture and linearity to evoke the layers and strata visible in nearby Palo Duro Canyon.

West Veteran, Marathoner Describes Mentality During Immunotherapy Treatment for Melanoma

Publication: Waco Tribune-Herald
David Mocio was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma in 2015 and receives immunotherapy every 28 days. David spoke with the Waco Tribune-Herald saying he credits the treatment with saving his life, and studies have shown immunotherapy to be more effective than chemotherapy or radiation therapy against melanoma. Dr. Carlos Encarnacion, Texas Oncology-Hamilton and Horizon Circle shared with the outlet that immunotherapy is one of the biggest advancements in oncology in recent years, and the number of patients treated with immunotherapy has grown exponentially in the past decade.

Proton Therapy Benefits Prostate Cancer Treatment

Publication: Texas Monthly

Men age 65 and older account for about 60% of all diagnosed prostate cancer cases. Proton therapy, an advanced form of radiation treatment, can treat new or recurrent prostate cancers with minimal exposure to healthy tissue. Texas Center for Proton Therapy offers a new imaging modality known as prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET to detect this disease in the earlier stages.

How to Enjoy the Summer Foods of Texas and Lower Your Cancer Risk, Too

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times

For many people, summertime means firing up their grills and dusting off family-favorite summer recipes. To help Texans make healthy choices this summer, Athira Unnikrishnan, M.D., Texas Oncology–Austin Midtown, shares tips for mitigating cancer risks associated with grilled meats as well as examples of nutrient-rich, seasonal foods that contribute to overall health.

Trouble Sleeping? Tips For a Restful Sleep When Going Through Cancer Treatment

Publication: Jewish Outlook

Having a good sleep routine, also known as sleep hygiene, is an important habit to establish. And if sleeping - or the lack thereof - is becoming a concern, always speak with one's physician on determining the causes of sleep problems and ways to sleep better at night. Rebecca Fisher, M.D., neuro oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Brain Tumor Center, addresses the importance of a good night's sleep and challenges cancer patients face when it comes to sleep.

Local Cancer Patient Encourages Others to Visit Doctors if Something Feels Off

Publication: KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco)
David Mocio, former naval pilot and 7-time marathoner was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma in 2015 and receives immunotherapy every 28 days, which has halted his cancer from spreading further, since his diagnosis. With June being the cross-section of Men’s Health Month and Immunotherapy Awareness Month, David and Dr. Carlos Encarnacion, Texas Oncology-Hamilton and Horizon Circle joined KXXV-TV (ABC, Waco) to raise awareness about taking care of yourself, not ignoring any glaring symptoms and provided viewers with insights on proper screenings.

Study reaffirms: Cancer treatment, mental health care should go together

Publication: Austin-American Statesman

Survey data from Texas Oncology indicates that most cancer patients experience symptoms of depression or anxiety, and many feel less attractive or confident. Texas Oncology patient Randi Sparks shares the impact of recurrent breast cancer on her mental health and the support she received from her multidisciplinary team, including Maygen Hansard, LMSW of Texas Oncology–Wichita Falls Cancer Center. Other members of the Texas Oncology team also share their perspectives on cancer and mental health. Aimee Mackey, M.D., FACS of Texas Breast Specialists–San Marcos and South Austin, emphasizes the importance of involving patients in their treatment and connecting them with resources and support. Stephanie Broussard, the director of social work and palliative care at Texas Oncology, shares mental health warning signs to look out for.

Texas Oncology Adds Local Colon, Rectal Surgeons to Expand Services

Publication: Community Impact
As recent studies show colon and rectal cancer is increasingly found in younger patients and being diagnosed in more advanced stages, Texas Oncology has expanded its care by acquiring Central Texas Colon and Rectal Surgeons. Thiru Lakshman, M.D., Texas Colon & Rectal Specialists–Austin Central, shares more on how the addition of these physicians expands access to care in Central Texas as well as some lifestyle tips for colorectal cancer prevention.

Cancer Topics - Oncology Practice In Rural Settings

Publication: ASCO Education Podcast
In Part One of the ASCO Education Podcast, Sucharu "Chris" Prakash, medical oncolist at Texas Oncology–Paris and Texas Oncology and president of the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology, examines the realties practicing oncology in rural areas.