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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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‘We Aren’t Safe Yet’: Amarillo Blood Centers Asking for Donors Due to Low Inventory

Publication: KFDA-TV (CBS, Amarillo)
Blood centers across the country are dealing with a blood crisis. J. Tucker Osteen, M.D., hematologist and medical oncologist, Texas Oncology–Amarillo Cancer Center explains that multiple areas of medicine need blood readily available such as, trauma and cancer patients, and encourages the community to donate.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Cancer and COVID-19

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Corsicana Daily Sun, Houston Medical Times
In a recent study by the National Institutes of Health, more than 70% of cancer patients surveyed reported pandemic-related mental health challenges. But there are ways to cope and Ashwani Agarwal, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Corsicana, Allison E. Gorrebeeck M.D., Texas Oncology–Austin North Suite 300 and Kendra Burke, LCSW, Texas Oncology–Deke Slayton Cancer Center outline the specific steps you can take to protect your emotional health.

Kat Golden: Educated and Empowered to Fight Cancer

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
In her 20s, Kat Golden underwent cryosurgery to kill abnormal, pre-cancerous cells found during a regular pap test. At the time, Kat didn’t realize the cells showed human papilloma virus (HPV) – a precursor to cervical cancer – and as life got busy, she missed several annual well-woman appointments. Almost 30 years later, Kat was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In December 2021, Kat started treatment for curative intent with radiation and concurrent chemotherapy. Since then, Kat feels great, maintains a positive outlook on her cancer journey, and has become a strong advocate for regular screenings and increased education around cervical cancer risk factors, including HPV.

Reshaping Sickle Cell Disease Care and Treatment

Publication: Dallas Medical Journal
Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder, affecting more than 100,000 people in the United States. For the Dallas Medical Journal, Joel Weinthal, MD, pediatric oncologist and hematologist at Texas Oncology–Medical City Dallas Pediatric Hematology– Oncology and Texas Oncology–Odessa West Texas Cancer Center takes a brief look at the current diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell disease, how it has evolved over the years, and shares exciting recent medical advancements that have the potential to drastically improve the quality of life for patients.

Texas Oncology Marks National Cervical Health Awareness Month

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Houston Medical Times
Once a leading cause of cancer death in the United States, cervical cancer diagnoses and deaths have decreased dramatically in past decades and have now leveled off, largely due to prevention and early detection through routine Pap tests. As January’s National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Lynne Knowles, M.D., FACOG, Texas Oncology–Austin Central and Texas Oncology–South Austin and Christine Lee, M.D., Texas Oncology–The Woodlands and Texas Oncology–Beaumont Mamie McFaddin Ward Cancer Center raise awareness of good cervical health and explain the importance of early detection.

Breast Self-Exams: A How-to Guide to Protect Against Breast Cancer

Publication: Austin Monthly
One in eight U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, but when the disease is found early, women have a 98% five-year survival rate. In Austin Monthly’s “Top Docs” January edition, Bridget O'Brien, D.O., FACS, FSSO, a breast surgical oncologist at Texas Breast Specialists– Cedar Park and Georgetown, shares tips and tricks for how to best perform a self-exam and when to bring concerns to your physician.

After Throwing Goodbye Party, Woman With Cancer Finds Hope Close to Home in Austin

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
In 2015, Joy Brooks was diagnosed with a rare cancer called pseudomyxoma peritonei, which started in her appendix before spreading to an ovary and then throughout the peritoneum. Six months later, after visiting a specialist, she was told the cancer was too far along and was put on hospice. Being the outgoing person she is, Joy threw a "Kick the Bucket" party with all her friends and family to celebrate her life. Refusing defeat, Joy’s children searched for answers and found Rebecca L. Wiatrek, M.D., FACS of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists-Austin Central and Round Rock. Dr. Wiatrek introduced Joy to hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) treatment, and Joy now is celebrating six years of being cancer free following a lengthy surgery and recovery process. Joy and Dr. Wiatrek share with the Austin American-Statesman the importance of HIPEC being right here in Austin and how Joy’s story is testimony to the power of divine intervention, tenacious children and a doctor that would not give up.

Alan Anders: In The Fight Against Cancer, Living In The Moment Matters

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
In November 2020, Alan Anders was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He met with Shaun McKenzie, M.D., FACS, of Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists–Austin Central, Austin North, and South Austin, and learned the cancer had not spread to his chest cavity, so Alan started a five-week course of chemotherapy treatment and six-week course of radiation therapy under the care of David George, M.D., Texas Oncology–Kyle and South Austin, and Ryan Tierney, M.D., Texas Oncology–South Austin. After a follow-up endoscopy showed Alan still had cancer after the treatment, Alan underwent a minimally invasive esophagectomy and received adjuvant immunotherapy to increase his chance for long-term remission. Today, Alan feels great, finds support in his community, and focuses on living in the small, meaningful moments of his life.

Cancer Survivorship and the Power of Relationship-Based Care, with Sydney Townsend and Dr. Kathryn Hudson

Publication: Race to Value
Sydney Townsend was diagnosed with cancer in June 2018, three months after giving birth to her first child. As a former boxer, she realized she was in the fight of her life and never gave up. With the help and guidance of, Kathryn Hudson, M.D., medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–Austin Central, both were hyper-focused on doing the best they could so that Sydney could be fully present for her family. Today, Sydney is three years cancer free. In this episode of the Race to Value podcast, Sydney and Dr. Hudson share the impact of a deep and trusting relationship between patient and provider, as well as the importance of improving supportive care models for cancer patients and survivors.

How COVID-19 Complicated Breast Cancer

Publication: KSAT-TV (ABC, San Antonio)
The Alamo City welcomed thousands of visitors this week for the 44th San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. During the conference, Debra Patt, M.D., PH.D., MBA, medical oncologist and breast cancer specialist in Austin, Texas, and an executive vice president of Texas Oncology with responsibilities in healthcare policy and strategic initiatives, explained the impact COVID-19 has had on routine breast cancer screenings.