Clinical studies for the treatment of cancer are conducted at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano to answer specific questions about new and better ways to help prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Some study new anti-cancer drugs, while others look at new ways to use current drugs or other forms of treatment. Clinical trials are designed to help physicians find out whether a new treatment is safe and effective.
Potential benefits of participating in a clinical trial include:
- Access to treatment that is not otherwise available
- The chance to possibly help others who have the same condition in the future by contributing to cancer research
Potential risks of participation include:
- The new treatment may have unknown side effects or other risks, which may or may not be more severe than those from existing treatments.
- As with other forms of therapy, the new treatment may not work for you even if it helps others.
If you participate in a randomized clinical trial, you may not have a choice about which treatment you receive. If the study is double blind, you and your doctor will not know which one you are getting (although this information is available if needed). This should be explained to you before you decide to participate.
Insurers do not always cover all of the costs associated with participating in a clinical trial. Talk to your insurance provider before you decide to participate.
If you decide to take part in a study, discuss with your doctor the risks and safeguards that have been put in place for patient safety.
Source: American Cancer Society
The Cancer Registry collects and manages data on cancer patients diagnosed and/or treated at Texas Health Plano. Through the Cancer Registry's database, physicians and staff are able to track the progress of patients and collect long-term statistics. Plus, information from the database is submitted to the Texas Cancer Registry and the National Cancer Database.
At Texas Health Plano, the software used for the Cancer Registry provides the opportunity to compare cancer data from across Texas Health Resources' 14 hospitals and to implement best practices in diagnosing and caring for cancer patients.
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer can leave a person living with the disease and their family feeling overwhelmed, afraid, out of control and alone. Coping with these emotions, as well as the many physical challenges of cancer, can be difficult. Texas Health Plano offers support groups for people living with cancer and their family and friends, which provide emotional and social support in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
People in support groups:
- Talk about what it is like to have cancer
- Share tips on ways to cope with cancer and treatment side effects
- Learn about what's new in cancer treatment
- Talk about experiences, problems and solutions
- Help each other feel better
- Inspire hope
- Help dispel loneliness
Texas Health Plano recently created a prostate cancer support group for the benefit of newly diagnosed men as well as survivors of prostate cancer. The group provides information regarding treatment options to those newly diagnosed and a forum for survivors and caregivers to discuss issues of common interest such as dealing with treatment side effects or recurrence.
Invited physicians or other professional speakers will present topics such as research in new screening methods or advances in treatment protocols, diet and exercise, emotions surrounding a diagnosis of cancer and similar topics of concern for newly diagnosed and surviving men and their respective caregivers.
Support group meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet room on the first floor of Medical Office Building 2. Meetings will include a dinner, followed by a speaker with Q&A session to follow, and then separate male/female discussion groups to be facilitated by Carinsa Gaston, Oncology Programs Manager, and Tom Dillon, a survivor and current Vice President of the North Texas Prostate Cancer Coalition. To make a reservation for upcoming group meetings, please call 972-981-8643.
2012 Meeting Dates:
- Jan. 12
- Feb. 9
- March 8
- April 12
- May 10
- June 14
- July 12**
- Aug. 9
- Sept. 13
- Oct. 11
- Nov. 8
- Dec. 13**
** - will be held in the Oak Room located on the Lower Level of Tower A, in the Conference Center
Look Good... Feel Better is a program that provides information to women undergoing cancer treatment to help them look and feel more comfortable with changes in their appearance. It is offered by licensed cosmetologists and health care professionals in a group setting. Classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 16, April 16, July 16 and Oct. 15 in the Board Room at Texas Health Plano. For more information or to register, call 214-819-1250.
American Cancer Society Resource Center
Cancer patients and their families can find information, answers, resources and support at the American Cancer Resource Center at Texas Health Plano. The center provides educational materials on most cancers, with information on prevention/detection, tests and treatments, and support groups. Free wigs and turbans are also available at the center. Staffed by volunteers who are trained and many of them are cancer survivors, the comfortable center is a source of strength and inspiration for cancer patients.