Texas Oncology, UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center announce realignment of cancer services
in Tarrant County and Weatherford

FORT WORTH — March 22, 2006 — Texas Oncology, P.A. will lease treatment facilities and purchase radiation therapy equipment at the three Fort Worth-area locations of the UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center, medical center and company officials announced today.

Under the new arrangement, Texas Oncology will provide comprehensive cancer treatment services including radiation oncology, medical oncology, gynecological oncology, and cancer research and clinical trials along with advanced diagnostic imaging such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) at its treatment facilities in Fort Worth and Weatherford.

Three radiation oncologists, Rafael Chan, M.D., Jerry L. Barker Jr. M.D. and Kathleen Shide, M.D., who have provided services at the Moncrief Cancer Centers, have now joined the Texas Oncology network and will continue to deliver care at the cancer centers that fall under the new system.

The UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center will continue its non-radiation programs in Tarrant County and, in conjunction with the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas, will begin offering a number of cutting-edge diagnostic, treatment and research options as well.  Services that will be maintained in the Moncrief facilities include:

  • Access to advanced cancer diagnostic procedures under development at UT Southwestern.
  • Access to opportunities for patients to participate in UT Southwestern clinical trials. 
  • Genetic screening and counseling services related to cancer.
  • Public education programs about cancer.
  • Programs to help patients and families learn how to cope with cancer.
  • Provision of dietetic and social service counseling.
  • Access to advanced pain management services and other appropriate referral services for cancer patients.

 "This new arrangement brings  enhanced resources, access to leading clinical trials through multiple institutions and advanced diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities to Fort Worth and Weatherford," says Steve Paulson, M.D., president of Texas Oncology. "We are pleased to be able to collaborate in this way to provide patients outstanding care at these locations."

"The services we will provide at the Moncrief facilities will enhance the scope of cancer care and the quality of life for patients in the Fort Worth area, which has been and always will be the mission of the Moncrief Cancer Foundation," said Dr. Willis Maddrey,  chairman of the UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center's board of directors and UT Southwestern executive vice president for clinical affairs. "The non-profit Moncrief Cancer Foundation will continue to support UT Southwestern's cancer-related activities in the Tarrant County area, ensuring access to special diagnostic and genetic tests that are otherwise unavailable, as well as important support services for individual patients and their families," Dr. Maddrey added.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/cancercenter to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in cancer.

About the UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center
The Moncrief Cancer Center was founded in 1958 as one of the nation's first community radiation therapy facilities. In 1999, the center became affiliated with UT Southwestern. Additional information on UT Southwestern and its Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is available at www.utsouthwestern.edu and about the Moncrief Cancer Center at www.moncrief.com

About Texas Oncology
Texas Oncology, P.A is the largest independent oncology practice in the nation. With approximately 240 practicing physicians at 95 locations, including 35 comprehensive cancer centers, Texas Oncology provides exceptional care to more patients in Texas than any other cancer care provider. Texas Oncology uses the latest technology and participates with the largest network of clinical research trials nationally in order to provide high quality care in communities throughout the state.  Texas Oncology physicians improve the effectiveness of treatments by concentrating on each patient individually, and providing emotional and practical patient support as well as medical treatment. Texas Oncology is a member of the US Oncology network, one of the nation's leading health services networks focused exclusively on cancer treatment and research. Additional information is available at www.texasoncology.com.


Media Contacts: Amanda Siegfried
214-648-3404
amanda.siegfried@utsouthwestern.edu

Lara Stott
Edelman Public Relations
512-634-3653
lara.stott@edelman.com

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