Offering New Hope in Cancer Treatment

In 2008, Ellen Weaver noticed a lump on the underside of her right arm that prompted her to see her family physician. Since she had undergone a breast reduction and lift the year before, she told herself that what she was feeling was probably scar tissue. Unfortunately, her physician had something else to report.

EWeaver (1)Ellen was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form of cancer. She chose to have an immediate double mastectomy and undergo radiation therapy. A visit to an infusion center in South Arlington didn’t provide Ellen with the “warm and fuzzy feeling” she was hoping for, so she sought treatment through an oncologist closer to her home in North Arlington. When the oncologist retired, Ellen was again in search of a warm and fuzzy environment where she could continue her treatment journey. She was referred to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Infusion Center at Arlington Cancer Center, a Texas Health Physicians Group practice. Here, Ellen found the compassionate, quality care she was seeking.

Drs. Chad Amosson and Karel Dicke, both long-time radiation oncology and medical oncology physicians, sat down with Ellen to develop a treatment plan just for her and her unique tumor. Together, they mapped out a plan that included genetic testing of the tumor to determine the chemotherapy with the highest probability of destroying Ellen’s tumor cells while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.

Individualized treatment plans are the cornerstone of Arlington Cancer Center. Instead of basing treatment on standard protocols, the physicians at tailored Ellen’s treatment to what genetic testing showed would be most effective. Once she completed infusion therapy, she was monitored with scans and lab work for five years.

Ellen reached a huge milestone in January 2013 of being cancer-free for six years, and directly attributes her positive outcome to the oncologists and radiologists. Just recently, Ellen lost her husband to a three-month battle with a non-curable form of cancer. The Arlington Cancer Center team of nurses and employees alongside the physicians on the medical staff cared for him as well, and provided much-needed support through the illness and treatment.

“I recommend Arlington Cancer Center to everyone I know who is faced with this demon called cancer,” Ellen said. “I know without a doubt it is the best place for treatment. Every day when my husband and I were there, it was a joyful place and the positivity gave me such peace.”

Physicians employed by Texas Health Physicians Group practice independently and are not employees of the hospital or Texas Health Resources.

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