Overview

The Division of Oncology emphasizes excellence in patient care, teaching, and research in Oncology. We diagnose and treat patients diagnosed with an extensive variety of malignancies–from common cancers to very unusual malignancies–and patients with cancers of all stages. We are particularly skilled in caring for patients with complex medical issues complicating the cancer diagnoses and therapies.

The Division of Oncology provides both inpatient and ambulatory care services and consultation services at Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center. We train medical students, residents, and fellows and also offer teaching to lay public organizations in the practical aspects, as well as the cutting edge of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In our teaching and practice we emphasize the patient as an individual. We teach the critical importance of direct communication with the patient, their families and caretakers, and with all healthcare professionals involved in their care. We emphasize honesty yet always tempered by hope. The Division of Oncology also spotlights and quickly utilizes new developments in molecular biology and targeted drugs, and the newest imaging techniques in diagnosis and follow-up during and after therapy. To treat our patients we use multimodality therapy and work closely with surgery, radiology, immunology, neurology, psychology and sociology to diagnose and treat. We treat the whole patient, emphasizing their well being with the best individualized therapy for the patient as an individual and within their family and social setting. We pay close attention to their psychological and social needs, and often consult the Division of Palliative Care and Pain management.

The Division of Oncology investigates aspects of thermochemotherapy, both preclinically in the laboratory, and in the clinical setting, the latter in conjunction with the University of Texas Clinical Research Center. We are intensely interested in how thermochemotherapy is able to enhance the host anti-cancer immunity. We work with colleagues in the Department of Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. We train both undergraduate and medical students in thermal research in vivo, in vitro and using molecular techniques.

The Division of Oncology is an integral part of the Department of Internal Medicine and also collaborates closely with the Departments of Surgery, Pathology, Integrative Biology, Radiology and Veterinary Medicine in The University of Texas Medical School, and the Department of Biometry of The University of Texas School of Public Health. We also have a close working relationship with the Divisions of Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, and the Departments of Biomathematics, Immunology, and Cellular Biology of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as well as the Department of Immunology, and Radiation Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. These interactions enhance greatly the patient care, teaching and research activities.