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Welcome Dr. Bradley W. Christensen to Texas Oncology—Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

August 01, 2022

Texas Oncology—Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center offers a warm welcome to hematologist and medical oncologist, Bradley W. Christensen, M.D. Dr. Christensen discusses the importance of individualized patient care and why it’s personal to him, as well as the variety of activities he enjoys “off the clock” with his family.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in your medical education?

No matter the diagnosis, all patients deserve to be seen, heard, and feel taken care of as a unique individual by their physician. It is important, as doctors, that we ensure our patients know we want what is best for them and will be beside them every step of the way during their cancer treatment.

What inspired you to specialize in cancer care?

My mother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when I was in college. She received chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Texas Oncology–Baylor Sammons Cancer Center. The feelings of fear and uncertainty, as well as the total trust we had in the incredible oncologists who took care of her, really had an impact on me. In medical school, I was struck by how cancer is uniquely personal, and for me, it is a tremendous privilege to help patients through such a vulnerable and life-changing time in their life.

What are you most looking forward to as cancer treatment continues to evolve?

Even in the last five years, we have seen staggering advances in cancer therapies. I most look forward to translating these breakthroughs, as well as the many leading-edge clinical trials available at Texas Oncology, into my patients’ treatment plans to help them live better and fuller lives.

What do you like to do in your free time off the clock?

I spend most of my free time with my beautiful wife and three energetic, amazing children. I enjoy playing guitar, trying to avoid getting injured while playing basketball, and reading books about spirituality or the history of medicine.

What’s the best volunteer experience you had and what did you do?

Shortly after we got married, my wife and I volunteered to teach a year-long religion class to third graders at our church. We had a blast getting to know all the kids, and I think they enjoyed it too, if for no other reason than the steady supply of candy we passed out every week.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever visited?

When I was in college, I visited my now-wife while she was studying abroad in Italy. I especially loved my time exploring Rome. There was history around every corner, amazing food, and beauty everywhere.

What is your favorite sports team?

I am an ardent and long-suffering Texas Rangers baseball fan. I died a little inside when they came one out shy of winning the World Series in 2011. However, I think next year will be our year, or maybe the year after that.

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