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Leigh Rozelle found the lump purely by accident, just three days before Christmas. As she crossed her arms, she felt a golf ball size knot on the outer side of her left breast. “My family practitioner was able to squeeze me into her schedule the very next day,” says Rozelle, who is 38. “When she examined my breast, she was concerned and asked me if I had time to see a breast surgeon the following morning if she could get me in.”
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Everyone at some point is touched by cancer. Whether it’s a loved one or a personal diagnosis, we will all encounter cancer at some point in our lifetime. For those of us who have spent careers in the fight against cancer, we feel a deep connection to each and every one of our patients as we help them along their cancer journey.
In 2011, Memorial Hermann was the first hospital system in the southern part of Texas to introduce a new, leading edge digital technology that improves radiologists’ ability to detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer, especially in women with dense breasts. Today, digital breast tomosynthesis is available at 15 Memorial Hermann locations around the city.
A Hologic Affirm™ Prone Biopsy System – the first in use in Texas – is the newest high-tech addition at the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The unit was purchased with funds raised by community members through the Memorial Hermann Foundation’s Annual Razzle Dazzle Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon.
Removal of malignant lung tissue using video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) offers patients who qualify for the procedure a faster and more comfortable recovery. Primarily available only at leading academic hospitals such as Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, VATS for lung cancer is also offered at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.
Memorial Hermann gives women the best breast-care experience available at 19 Houston-area locations, combining advanced technology with fellowship-trained radiologists and a comfortable, spa-like environment. Services include 2-D mammography, 3-D digital breast tomosynthesis, diagnostic mammography, digital mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI, as well as bone density scans and ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI breast and lymph node biopsies.
Most cancers are not inherited. Only about 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancers and 10 percent to 20 percent of ovarian cancers are hereditary, due to at least one genetic change that significantly contributes to the risk of developing cancer.
At the Ertan Digestive Disease Center, affiliated gastroenterologists use state-of-the-art endoscopic technology for the detection and treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. If cancer is diagnosed, close collaboration across disciplines ensures that a medical oncologist sees the patient the same day.
In late summer of 2013, a 66-year-old man living in Panama developed vision difficulties, a persistent right-sided headache and memory loss for recent events. When a CT of the brain performed in Panama City revealed a large right temporal occipital tumor, the patient sought care in Houston, where he was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a tumor notorious for its poor prognosis and short clinical history.
Not long ago, Donna and her boyfriend made a 3,000-mile road trip across the country to sightsee and visit family members. Thanks to her participation in a clinical trial under way at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, she was able to travel while continuing chemotherapy with a new drug for women who have relapsed ovarian cancer.
A selection of current clinical trials available at Memorial Hermann.
For the past three and a half years, Clara Cook Lambert has spent every Thursday morning volunteering at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Greater Heights. A few years before that, she was a cancer patient herself, coping with the same physical and emotional challenges facing the people she now supports.
As a young man, William Velasquez was attracted to medicine for the opportunity it gave him to use deductive reasoning to find solutions to problems – and the excitement that accompanies the discovery and sharing of new knowledge in ways that help others.
Memorial Hermann recently launched a South Region Lung Program for cancer patients, with a multidisciplinary lung tumor board and a dedicated Oncology Nurse Navigator.
A recap of Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers' most recent community outreach efforts.
In 2009, Runsi Sen found herself having to make a tough decision: whether to continue her job in corporate America, or take a leap of faith and pursue something she never thought she would be passionate about – the fight against cancer.