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Meet the Radiation Oncologists: Six Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers Offer Radiation Oncology Programs

As director of radiation oncology and stereotactic radiosurgery for the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Angel Blanco oversees all radiation therapy services at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center.

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A Note from Leadership

Since joining Memorial Hermann in December 2015, I continue to be inspired by the dedication and passion that our entire team has for making high-quality cancer care easily accessible for patients in Houston.

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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: No Incision, No Hospital Stay

The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center acquired the region’s first Leksell Gamma Knife® in 1993, and is now using the more advanced Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™. Neurosurgeons affiliated with the Institute have performed more than 3,500 Gamma Knife procedures.

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A Year in Review: Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers’ 2016 Accomplishments

As Chairman of Memorial Hermann’s Integrated Network Cancer Committee, I am pleased to present our 2016 Oncology Annual Report. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has approximately 1,500 accredited hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico, which represent only 30 percent of all healthcare institutions.

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Community Outreach, Prevention and Education

Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers teamed up with The Health Museum on March 14 for Cancer Connect: What You Need to Know About the Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Cancer. This free, community-wide event attracted over 130 guests who had the chance to visit with affiliated physicians inside the museum’s Body Worlds RX exhibit, pick up information at the cancer resource fair, and sit in on an educational panel.

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Jeremy Slater, M.D.: Physician Chooses His Own Hospital for Cancer Treatment

It’s been said that doctors make the worst patients. Nothing could be further from the truth in the case of neurologist Jeremy Slater, M.D., according to the two physicians who treated him for tonsil cancer.

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Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation Ease the Transition Back to Everyday Life for Cancer Patients

The availability of cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation is good news for the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, many of whom say they’ve found it hard to transition to a new way of life when their medical care ended.

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Mischer Neuroscience Institute Extends Patient-specific Brain Tumor Treatment Across Houston

The traditional goal of neuro-oncology has been to ensure that patients live as long as possible with enhanced quality of life.

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Two Novel Studies Seek to Improve Outcomes in Children with Malignant Fourth Ventricular Brain Tumors

The current outlook for children with recurrent malignant brain tumors originating from the posterior fossa is extremely poor. Most clinical trials offer systemic chemotherapy or re-irradiation, both of which can have a variety of side effects and frequently fail in children with recurrent tumors.

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Ongoing Clinical Trials

A Phase 2/3 Randomized, Open-Label Study of Toca 511, a Retroviral Replicating Vector, Combined With Toca FC versus Standard of Care in Subjects Undergoing Planned Resection for Recurrent Glioblastoma or Anaplastic Astrocytoma

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Oncology Nurse Navigators Help Guide Memorial Hermann Patients Through the Cancer Journey

Following a cancer diagnosis, a patient may feel lost – between scheduling appointments with physicians to coping with the emotional toll a diagnosis can have on the mind and body. To help sort through this new territory, a very specialized group of oncology nurses offer a coordination of care that can be very beneficial to the patient.

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Community Partner Spotlight: The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and Memorial Hermann both trace their origins to the early 1900s, and their collaboration dates back almost to their inception.

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Memorial Hermann Welcomes

Four physicians and an administrator have joined the team at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers.

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