A Team of Cancer Specialists

Sports teams recognize the value of a deep roster—each player has different talents and, together, many parts form a competitive whole. In cancer care, a “deep roster” is equally important. Treating cancer is a complex process with many nuances that sometimes call for specialized knowledge.

At Texas Oncology, our deep roster allows patients to receive leading-edge cancer care without leaving their vital support networks. It is one of the qualities I value most about our practice. We have nine physicians practicing in McAllen, but we draw on the depth of experience, specialized knowledge and wisdom of more than 375 physicians statewide. Patients benefit from the support of these subspecialists by being able to call upon their expertise to treat their cancer. At Texas Oncology, we work together to treat patients. Should a patient need to travel to another city to see one of these physicians for specific, specialized care, they can return to their original location for the other aspects of their treatment. When I work with my colleagues, or “teammates,” across the state, they represent these specialties:

Some cancers will require a blood and marrow transplant, which is very different from the types of treatment many people think about. Our Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is one of the largest in the country, having performed more than 35,000 transplants.

Patients with brain tumors can benefit from special expertise at the Texas Oncology–Austin Brain Tumor Center, led by neuro-oncologist Dr. Morris Groves. In addition, patients can participate in trials through the Brain Tumor Trial Collaborative.

Texas Breast Specialists is a multidisciplinary team of breast surgeons and clinical breast radiologists. Each Texas Breast Specialists physician brings years of experience in the treatment of breast cancer and other benign breast conditions.

My gynecologic oncologist colleagues focus on cancers of the female reproductive system. Some locations are invited members of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, funded by the National Cancer Institute, which enables patients to access an even broader group of clinical trials.

Bone cancer can develop in the bone or spread from another part of the body. Its origin impacts the treatment approach. Dr. Ronald Williams, an orthopaedic oncologist and surgeon, leads Austin-based Sarcoma and Orthopaedic Oncology. His priority is maintaining patients’ quality of life following treatment.

Our pediatric hematology-oncology practice supports children fighting cancer, blood diseases and some genetic disorders. While they are based in Dallas, physicians regularly travel to treat pediatric patients. Patients have access to a team of nationally recognized specialists, as well as research through the Children’s Oncology Group, which is supported by the National Cancer Institute.

Surgery is often a key form of cancer treatment and a surgeon focused specifically on cancer can be beneficial. Texas Oncology Surgical Specialists use the latest technology, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, to achieve results and minimize side effects from treatment.

Texas Urology Specialists focuses on treating urologic problems with the patient’s future quality of life in mind, using advanced and minimally invasive technology, including robotic surgery, for kidney, bladder and prostate cancers and other conditions. The practice offers patients the collective expertise of more than two dozen urologists to deliver treatment for cancer and other conditions.

Every cancer patient is different and, should they require specialized care, they can feel confident that a team of expert physicians is available to help them fight their cancer.

By Dr. Nurul Wahid, Texas Oncology–McAllen