At the Cancer Center of Southeast Texas we have over 90 years of combined oncology experience. Many of our doctors trained at some of the most prestigious cancer facilities in the U.S.
At the Cancer Center of Southeast Texas, our doctors are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you call our facility @ 409-729-8088 after business hours, you will speak with the after hours service group who will immediately contact your doctor and have the doctor call you back.
We believe in providing personal and compassionate care, we can promise you will always be able to speak with someone.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. Any patient being referred for cancer, either from another doctor or self-referred can expect to be seen within 1 week.
If I get sick, can I be directly admitted to the hospital under your recommendation without having to go through the emergency room?
If you are found to have an illness that requires hospital admission we will gladly facilitate your hospital admission with the help of your local primary care physician or a hospitalist.
Keep in mind if you present with symptoms of heart attack or stroke you will need ER evaluation.
Yes, we encourage you to have family and friends present for all of your visits. It is important to have a strong support group. We have large rooms available for conferences with multiple family members.
Cancer can be an overwhelming diagnosis and many times you may forget what was said during your consultation, for this reason it is important to have someone available to jot down notes.
If your doctor suspects cancer you are likely require additional testing, such as x-rays, blood tests, or a biopsy. In most cases a biopsy is the only way to be sure whether or not cancer is present.
When undergoing a biopsy a piece of the lump or abnormal area is taken out and sent to the lab. There a pathologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing diseases) looks at the cells under a microscope to see if cancer cells are present. If there are cancers cells the doctor tries to figure out what type of cancer it is and whether it is likely to grow slowly or more quickly.
Scans can measure the size of the cancer and can often show if it has spread to nearby tissues. Blood tests can tell doctors about your overall health, show how well your organs are working, and give information about blood cancers.
Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. The risk of developing most types of cancer can be reduced by changes in a person’s lifestyle, for example, by avoiding tobacco, limiting time in the sun, being physically active, staying at a healthy weight, limiting alcohol, and healthy eating.
For most types of cancer, the sooner a cancer is found and treated, the better the chances are for living for many years.
Today, more than 13 million people alive in the United States have had some type of cancer. Some of these people are cancer-free; others still have it.
Years ago, most people who had cancer did not live very long. That is not the case anymore. Every year more and more people survive cancer. This is especially true of children with cancer and those whose cancers were found early, before they spread.
The survival rates are different for people with different types of cancers. Some types of cancer grow very slowly. Some respond to treatment very well. Others grow and spread faster and are harder to treat. If you know someone who has cancer, keep in mind that what happens to them could be very different from what happens to someone else with another type of cancer.
Cancer cells often travel to other parts of the body, where they begin to grow and form tumors that replace normal tissue. This process is called metastasis (meh-tas-tuh-sis). It happens when the cancer cells get into the bloodstream or lymph vessels of our body.
Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy are the 3 main types of cancer treatment. A person with cancer may have any or all of these treatments.
Surgery is often the first treatment option if the cancer is a tumor that can be removed from the body. Sometimes only part of the cancer can be removed. Radiation or chemotherapy might be used to shrink the cancer before or after surgery.
Doctors use chemotherapy or “chemo” drugs to kill cancer cells. Usually, the drugs are given intravenously (IV or into a vein) or taken by mouth. Chemo drugs then travel throughout the body in the bloodstream. They can reach cancer cells that may have metastasized (spread) from the tumor.
Radiation therapy is treatment with high energy x-rays to kill or shrink cancer cells. The radiation may come from outside the body, called external radiation, or from radioactive materials placed right into the tumor (internal or implant radiation). Getting external radiation is a lot like getting an x-ray. It’s painless, but it can cause side effects.
Other types of cancer treatment
Some other kinds of treatment you might hear about include hormone therapy, stem cell or bone marrow transplant, and immunotherapy. Hormone therapy is sometimes used to treat certain kinds of prostate and breast cancers. Immunotherapy is treatment designed to boost the cancer patient’s own immune system to help fight the cancer.