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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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Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute Grand Opening Set Tonight

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
Christus Health and Texas Oncology's collaborative cancer center in Tyler is hosting a grand opening ceremony tonight, November 29th. The 85,000-square-foot Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute in Tyler will include clinic space for medical oncology, hematology, gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology, and nearly 3,000 square feet of dedicated clinical research space. 

'A Place For Wellness': Officials Celebrate Opening of Northeast Texas Cancer and Research Institute

Publication: Tyler Morning Telegraph
Officials from Texas Oncology-Tyler, Christus Health, city and county officials, and other dignitaries were on site for the grand opening of the state-of-the-art, world-class facility that will be a game-changer for patients and their families. The new 85,000-square-foot institute will include clinic space for medical oncology, hematology, gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology and a clinical research space.

The Importance Of Screening For Breast Cancer

Publication: Palestine Herald-Press
As a result of the pandemic, less people are going into doctors’ offices for their annual checkups and screenings, leading to more cancer diagnoses being caught late. Dr. Shail Dalal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Palestine, shares more about the importance of breast cancer screenings and early detection.

Family-Focused Care: How To Talk About Breast Cancer With Your Loved Ones

Publication: Palestine Herald-Press
A diagnosis, treatment plan, or return of breast cancer can impact all aspects of your life. As you adjust to the physical, emotional, and psychological changes that come with cancer, you also must decide when and how to tell your family, friends, and broader support system. Tanyel S. Williams, LMSW, ACSW, CHW, ACHP-SW, OSW-C, Texas Oncology–Palestine Cancer Center, shares how to have a conversation about breast cancer with your loved ones.

In Medscape Poll, Doctors Fume Over Harmful Delays in Prior Authorizations

Publication: Medscape
A Medscape poll of over 200 physicians showed that insurers denied up to 60% of their prior authorizations, and most believe that denials delayed treatment or diagnostic tests. Debra Patt, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, discusses with Medscape how the prior authorization process can cause delays in patient care and how she manages patients’ expectations.

Robert Walker: Defying the Odds of Living with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

Publication: Austin American-Statesman
In 2020, 68-year-old Robert Walker was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, which typically has a poor prognosis with less than five percent of patients expected to survive more than five years. Through good days and not-so-good days, Robert maintained a positive attitude. Thanks to the multidisciplinary care he received from Texas Oncology, Robert has responded so well to every component of treatment from chemotherapy to surgery, that he has far outlived the traditional survival for patients with stage IV pancreatic cancer as he continues to fight this deadly disease.

Dr Debra Patt Highlights Payer, Education Considerations in Use of Trastuzumab Deruxtecan for HER2-Low Breast Cancer

Publication: American Journal of Managed Care
According to Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Payer Relations, and Strategic Initiatives at Texas Oncology, results from the DESTINY-Breast04 clinical trial continue to make waves in breast cancer care—while raising considerations for payers and a need for education among doctors. Dr. Patt offered the keynote address at ASCO’s Patient-Centered Oncology Care®, highlighting the dramatic responses seen with trastuzumab deruxtecan in the trial.

International Day of Medical Physics and Radiology Day: Limin Song, Ph.D., and Anthony Salazar, R.T., (R) (T)


For many, cancer care is not just a career, but a calling. In honor of International Day of Medical Physics and Radiology Day, Limin Song, Ph.D., medical physicist, and Anthony Salazar, R.T., (R)(T), chief radiation therapist at Texas Center for Proton Therapy, both share what inspired them to specialize in proton therapy and a glimpse into their day-to-day life caring for cancer patients.

Healthy Eating During The Holidays When You Or A Loved One Have Cancer

Publication: Austin Medical Times, Corsicana Daily Sun, Houston Medical Times, Palestine Herald-Press
The holiday season is quickly approaching and food is often at the center of celebrations. While many look forward to tables covered in extravagant main courses, sweet desserts, and festive drinks, these gatherings can be challenging for those who are fighting cancer. Seyed Mohammad Abedi, M.D., Ph.D, Texas Oncology–Cedar Park and Marble Falls, Shail Dalal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Palestine, Ashwani K. Agarwal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Corsicana and Vipal Pratin Durkal, M.D., Texas Oncology–Houston Medical Center share more about the importance of healthy eating when fighting cancer and how to maintain balanced nutrition during the holidays.

When Your Body Fights Cancer

Publication: AARP Magazine
Through research, cancer care is evolving. Treatment is becoming less about the type of cancer and more about creating tailored treatment plans unique to the genetic makeup of each patient’s specific tumor. Breakthroughs such as immunotherapy now effectively treat a variety of cancers. Learn what immunotherapy is and how it helps treat cancer.