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Image - HER2+ Breast Cancer Survivor: ‘I Feel Lucky to be Part of a Clinical Trial’

HER2+ Breast Cancer Survivor: ‘I Feel Lucky to be Part of a Clinical Trial’

When Alice Rostkowski learned she had breast cancer during a routine mammogram in June 2021, her world shifted. However, she didn’t pause once to question the decision when offered the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial. Alice shares her journey and insight into being a participant and why she feels lucky to be part of such an innovative medical advancement right in her own community.
Article June 10, 2024
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Navigating Hope: Understanding the Importance of Clinical Trials in Cancer Care

Clinical Trials Day commemorates the day when James Lind started the first clinical trial on May 20, 1747, laying the foundation for modern clinical research. Scott Paulson, M.D., shares important insight into why clinical trials are paramount in cancer research for patients across Texas, and how this innovative work can improve therapies in all stages and types of cancer. 
Q&A May 20, 2024
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Everybody Has a Story: The Good, Bad, Beautiful, and Ugly of Cancer

To increase access to self-care resources alongside conventional cancer treatments, Texas Oncology’s social work team has created a series of guided meditations and journal prompts to help cancer patients at every stage of their journey.
Article May 17, 2024
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The Benefits of Meditation for Cancer Patients

From feelings of anxiety and depression to fear about pain or side effects from treatment — a cancer patient’s journey can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Meditation, often used alongside conventional treatment, may offer patients a form of relief while navigating the challenges of cancer. Learn how this integrative approach addresses the body, mind, and spirit, with an emphasis on treating the whole person.
Article May 01, 2024
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Staying Sun Smart on the Green: Tips for Skin Cancer Prevention

FORE! As Texas golfers spend prolonged periods outdoors exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, prioritizing skin cancer prevention and protection is key. From the importance of sunscreen application and appropriate clothing choices to seeking shade and choosing smart tee times — learn basic strategies to safeguard against skin cancer while still enjoying the game.
Article April 12, 2024
Image - Clinical Trial Q&A: Using mRNA Technology to Prevent Skin Cancer Recurrence

Clinical Trial Q&A: Using mRNA Technology to Prevent Skin Cancer Recurrence

According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers in the United States. While melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, it is expected to cause approximately 8,290 deaths in 2024.

Q&A April 08, 2024
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When Your Cancer Returns: Understanding, Coping, and Moving Forward

Cancer recurrence is a possibility for any cancer survivor. It can recur in the same spot, in nearby tissues, or in a completely different part of the body. As one navigates the challenges of recurrent cancer, it is important to understand the nature of recurrence, address the emotional concerns and methods to cope with the diagnosis, and actively engage in treatment decisions.
Article April 03, 2024
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A Great Leap for Surgery: Q&A With a Colorectal Surgeon on the Impact of a Small Rubber Band

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the U.S. With the stage set in March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, colon and rectal surgeon, Theodoros Voloyiannis, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, shares insights on his “out-of-this-world” participation in a surgical simulation that has the potential to reshape the future of colorectal surgery, and discusses trends around the rise of colorectal cancer among younger patients and the importance of screenings.
Q&A March 18, 2024
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Overcoming Scanxiety Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

When it comes to cancer, many experience scan anxiety, also known as scanxiety. While it is understandable to be apprehensive about cancer screenings such as mammograms, prostate exams, and colonoscopies, their importance cannot be overstated. Early detection can significantly improve the prognosis and one’s quality of life. Learn more about scanxiety, how to manage it, and why scans are an essential part of cancer treatment and survivorship care.
Article March 05, 2024
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Staying Weather Aware: Tips for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

For cancer patients and caregivers, the impact of weather events and natural disasters can be especially difficult as they try to navigate their care. While the weather in Texas can be unpredictable, here are some helpful tips to prepare in advance for an impending weather situation.
Article February 12, 2024