Dec. 15, 2015, is a day Patrick Koennecke will never forget. Now, he simply refers to it as “the date.” The 60-year-old Waxahachie, Texas, resident and warehouse manager was recovering from major back surgery when he began to notice a pain in his upper stomach on the left side. He described it as a broken … Continue reading Pancreatic cancer survivor thankful for clinical trial that saved his life
Have you heard the news? Recent reports reveal that the number of Americans dying from liver cancer has increased by 43 percent over the past 16 years. But what’s behind this disturbing trend — and should you be worried? Lack of screening for Hepatitis C Hepatitis C, a virus that gradually eats away at the … Continue reading Why are more people dying from liver cancer?
When I found out that I had Stage IV inflammatory breast cancer, fear set in immediately. As my husband describes that period of our lives, “the wheels came off.” What felt like a typical life of going to work, driving children to and from school, cleaning the house and walking our dogs turned into … Continue reading Why I started an inflammatory breast cancer support group
Growing up, there were a lot of different directions I saw my life going and versions of what I thought I would be doing at the age of 24. At five, there was nothing I wanted to be more than a NASCAR driver. I would pretend to drive my mom’s sedan in my Jeff Gordon … Continue reading What it’s like to be diagnosed with colon cancer at age 24
It is said that you cannot change your circumstances, so in order to make peace with them, you must change the way you react to them. Receiving a cancer diagnosis was a circumstance that I could not change. The harder I tried to push it away from me, the more fear surrounded the reality that … Continue reading How my cancer diagnosis taught me to live in the present
It seems like every year there’s a new study coming out about things that can increase your risk of cancer: sugar, toxic chemicals, alcohol and even French fries. While all of this may seem daunting, you can still lower your cancer risks by making simple lifestyle changes. As physicians, we recommend the following prevention tips … Continue reading 8 ways you can reduce your risk of cancer
What if we could treat cancer with limited chemotherapy, radiation and surgery? Thanks to years of research in the field of immunotherapy, for some patients, that hypothetical may now be a reality. Immunotherapy uses a patient’s own immune system to fight off or prevent disease. This approach enhances or trains a patient’s white blood cells … Continue reading CAR-T therapy: Genetically re-engineering your cells to target cancer
Contrary to popular belief, cancer research involves a lot more than studying drugs for chemotherapy. To have the greatest impact in cancer care, we have to target the disease from all angles. Exploring those alternative angles is precisely what you’ll find many of the researchers doing in the lab at Baylor Scott & White Research … Continue reading Colon cancer research gets help from an unlikely source: Grape seeds
We recently shared a look at how research at Baylor Scott & White is helping to crack the code to detect colon cancer earlier. Detection, however, isn’t the only variable to consider where colon cancer is concerned. Once diagnosed with the disease, attention turns to treatment options. For T1 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, in particular, … Continue reading Could this new test change how we treat colorectal cancer?
In the face of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, you may wonder how you could possibly help. You want to support them through their battle, but you just don’t know how. As they try to cope with the diagnosis, surgeries and treatments, here are five ways you can support and encourage your loved one in … Continue reading 5 ways you can support a loved one with cancer