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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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Real-World Patient Engagement Highlights Opportunities for Digital Care Integration

Publication: OncLive 
Digital health solutions have the potential to improve outcomes via remote symptom monitoring, increase patient/physician communication, and improve patient education. According to Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, enhancements to address digital health disparities are necessary to decrease digital divides and ensure access for all patients. 

Dr. Debra Patt Highlights the High Usage of Digital Health Solutions at Texas Oncology

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, explained how digital healthcare has been a key initiative at Texas Oncology to ensure patients can receive better care at their home.  

What You Should Know About Sarcoma, A ‘Forgotten Cancer’

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
Sarcoma, referred to as a “forgotten cancer” due to its rarity, accounts for about one percent of all adult cancer diagnoses but is seen more commonly in children and teens. With Sarcoma Awareness Month in July, Lawrence E. Foote, M.D, Texas Oncology–Houston Medical Center and Sugar Land and R. Scott Lawson, M.D., Texas Oncology–New Braunfels and San Marcos share what you should know about the signs and risk factors associated with sarcoma.

Regular Wellness Checks are Crucial for Men's Health, Central Texas Doctors Say

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
"I'm a firm believer in the well-check," says James Condray, 67, patient of Dr. Kyle Keyes, Texas Urology Specialists-Austin Midtown, Round Rock and South Austin, who had a biopsy that revealed an aggressive form of prostate cancer. This National Men's Health Month, patient James Condray and Dr. Keyes share with the Austin American-Statesman that men should get their "head-to-toe" check once a year. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that in 2015, men went to doctors about a third less than women. Dr. Keyes identifies the importance of wellness check-ups, screenings, and what to look for in male cancers, noting men should see a doctor if something doesn't feel right. Timing matters when it comes to how far the cancer has spread and its treatability.

Dr. Debra Patt Underscores Permanent Changes Even as the OCM Ends

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
Despite the Oncology Care Model coming to an end on June 30, 2022, Debra Patt, MD, Ph.D., MBA, Executive Vice President of Texas Oncology, clarified that practices cannot go back in time and resume providing care the way they did before the OCM.

Using Digital Health to Promote Equity in Community Oncology Practices

Publication: Targeted Oncology
Debra A. Patt, MD, Ph.D., MBA, a practicing oncologist and the Executive Vice President of Texas Oncology, discussed the study of digital health systems used at Texas Oncology locations and how it helps with remote communication between patients with cancer and clinicians.

Mark Balderas: How Family and Faith Gave Him the Strength to Fight

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
In March 2016, Mark Balderas, 58, bought himself the ultimate toy — a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle that he named ‘Priscilla’. The very next day, he was diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer. ‘Priscilla’ sat in the garage for five years, unridden. Throughout his cancer journey, Mark turned to his family, faith, local community, and Texas Oncology team led by Dr. Hareesha Vemuganti, Texas Oncology—Round Rock North and Cedar Park to overcome the most difficult of odds. As part of his treatment plan, Dr. Vemuganti introduced immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own defense mechanisms and immune system to attack cancer cells. Mark had “an extremely successful response” to the immunotherapy treatment and remains closely monitored by his care team. Today, his scans are clear, and he finally took ‘Priscilla’ out of the garage for a ride.

Dr. Debra Patt Addresses Medicare’s Successful Reimbursement of Telemedicine

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, discussed the path of telemedicine reimbursement during the pandemic and possible ways it will change after the pandemic, including the elimination of some components of radiation treatment supervision.

Texas Oncology Breaks Ground on Comprehensive Cancer Center in Beaumont

Publication: The Cancer Letter
Texas Oncology broke ground on a 32,000-square foot cancer care center located on the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth hospital campus. 

Texas Oncology to Open 32,000 SF Cancer Care Center in Beaumont

Publication: Texas Real Estate Business
BEAUMONT, TEXAS — Texas Oncology will open a 32,000-square-foot cancer care center on the Christus Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth medical campus in Beaumont. The center will provide medical oncology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, chemotherapy, genetic counseling and lab services.