How Can You Best Support Your Employee or Coworker With Cancer?

Cancer has myriad forms and touches nearly everyone at some point in life, but handling its occurrence can be especially complicated in the workplace. How can an employer best serve someone with cancer? Should you bring it up if your coworker is diagnosed, or ignore it? How important is continuing to work while you have cancer? How can you talk to your employer if you are diagnosed? We spoke with experts on the topic and wanted to share some best practices. If you are an employer with a employee who has cancer If you run a business or in leadership… Full Story

What Did We Learn at the D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel?

Last Thursday, D CEO Healthcare hosted a packed house full of healthcare professionals to discuss the future of cancer care in North Texas. We had four panelists who elaborated on everything from immunotherapy to how big data is impacting cancer care. With a view from the 21st floor of 750 North St. Paul and several varieties of quiche, it made for a cozy and informative breakfast panel. Our panelists were Dr. Carlos Arteaga, Director, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern; Dr. Ted Laetsch, Associate Professor at UT Southwestern, and Director of Experimental Therapeutics Program, Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at… Full Story

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Dr. R. Steven Paulson

Dr. R. Steven Paulson is a specialist in medical oncology and hematology who leads Texas Oncology as president and board chairman. For more than 30 years, Texas Oncology’s community-based cancer treatment has grown to include more than 175 sites around the state and employ 420 physicians, and he will be one of our featured panelists for D CEO‘s healthcare breakfast. Texas Oncology continues to grow, push innovation via research, and support patients and survivors as they fight cancer. In September, Texas Oncology opened a comprehensive cancer care center in Fort Worth’s medical district, where they will offer medical, gynecologic, and radiation… Full Story

Join Us for D CEO’s Cancer-Focused Healthcare Panel Breakfast

Texas is 13th in the country in number of cancer deaths at 149 per 100,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and part of the reason Texas has such a high ranking despite being one of the most uninsured states in the country is the strength of the medical community and its ability to stay on the cutting age of cancer research and treatment. To dig deeper into these strengths, D CEO will host our second D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Discussion to explore how our region is shaping cancer treatment. As Americans live longer and cancer becomes more prevalent… Full Story

Texas Oncology Consolidates Its Fort Worth Presence With A New, 100,000 SF Facility

Texas Oncology has opened a new facility in Fort Worth’s medical district. The new place is a consolidation of three other Texas Oncology locations within the city and brings medical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology services under one roof, the organization says. A bit more: Texas Oncology occupies three of the four floors of the new 100,000 square foot building at 500 South Henderson Street, developed by Cambridge Holdings, Inc. The project includes an adjacent parking garage with free parking for patients and caregivers. With construction of the larger center concluded this summer, Texas Oncology followed through on plans to consolidate… Full Story

Amid News That Others Like It Have Struggled, DFW’s Lone Proton Therapy Center Says It’s Viable, With Room For Growth

Coming up on three years since it first started treating patients, the Texas Center for Proton Therapy has administered proton beam therapy to 1,000 people. It’s a rate that’s kept the $105 million facility financially viable, even as it seeks to take on higher volumes moving forward, the center says. “I think patient volumes have been pretty consistent with what I was expecting coming in,” says Dr. Andrew Lee, who heads the facility. “This is not my first proton center. Just personally, I’ve been very pleased and honored to be part of the team that’s brought proton therapy to the… Full Story

Texas Oncology Receives Recognition For Care Management Strategies

Another oncology tidbit today, as Texas Oncology announced it’s been awarded a 2018 Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute Excellence Award. The recognition has to do with Texas Oncology’s care management strategies, and with its success in raising adherence to oncology meds to 96 percent, whereas the national average sits around 70 percent. Oral chemotherapy, Texas Oncology says, is taking on a greater importance in cancer care with more and more drugs being introduced to the market. “A medically integrated care approach with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, and financial counselors working together improves patient experiences and compliance while reducing costs from less waste,… Full Story

Baylor University Medical Center, Texas Oncology Introduce Car-T Therapy

Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Oncology are the first in North Texas to offer one of the two FDA-approved CAR-T cell therapies. The specific treatment, known as Yescarta, is geared toward diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. CAR-T (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cell therapy) is a cancer treatment in which a patient’s immune cells are removed from the body, genetically re-engineered, and then put back into the body so that they can attack the cancer. At BUMC, it will be used on adult patients who have not responded to other treatments or who have relapsed after two other kinds of treatment,… Full Story