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Texas Oncology-Houston Medical Center and Houston Willowbrook Welcome Gynecologic Oncologist Silvana Pedra Nobre

October 20, 2023

Silvana Pedra Nobre, M.D., gynecologic oncologist, is now seeing patients at Texas Oncology-Houston Medical Center and Houston Willowbrook. Dr. Pedra Nobre reflects on what working with cancer patients has taught her and the items she could not live without if stranded on a deserted island.

What inspired you to specialize in gynecologic oncology?

What initially interested me in gynecologic oncology in my early training was the complexity of the surgical cases. However, the more time I spent within the specialty, I found myself valuing the relationships I formed with my patients and the continuity of care from initial diagnosis to end-of-life care.

Patients, their families, and providers form an incredible bond while navigating the waters of a new cancer diagnosis and treatment decisions. I have always respected the amount of vulnerability and trust that patients place in their providers in these situations, and being a part of these journeys has been remarkable.

Gynecologic oncology has taught me so much more than difficult surgery and complicated medical issues. It has taught me how to navigate difficult decision making. It has given me a different perspective on medicine. Most importantly, it has imparted on me a true appreciation of the time we have with our loved ones.

What do you think the future of cancer treatment will look like?

I think that genetic testing and cancer prevention care will be major factors in future cancer treatments, along with the incredible work that has already been done with immunotherapy.

What has working with cancer patients taught you about the resiliency of the human spirit?

Cancer patients are constantly struggling with the fear and threat of recurrence and the unknowns of treatment after recurrence. My patients’ faith in medicine and in themselves has taught me that sometimes outcomes are beyond what we, as physicians, are taught to expect. Their resiliency and conviction are truly inspiring.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the one thing you could not live without?

I could not live without music, and I’d also like to have my Kindle.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

The title would likely reference all the uniquely different parts of the country I have lived while on the journey to complete my medical training. Perhaps "Wandering on Purpose" or “From Paradise to Paradise.”

What is a social cause you’re passionate about?

I am passionate about women's reproductive healthcare rights and accessibility, as well as gynecologic cancer awareness and prevention.

What's your favorite restaurant in the Houston area?

My husband and I love exploring Houston's restaurant scene. I am still working on finding my favorites, but so far, I have really enjoyed Kata Robata, Bludorn, and Pappasito's.

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