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TexasCancer.informer, Spring/Summer 2008

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Cancer Information Web Site Gets New Name, Redesign
Texas Cancer Data Center Becomes Texas Cancer Information

After more than two decades of providing Texas-specific cancer information on the Web, the Texas Cancer Data Center (TCDC) has undergone a design transformation and been renamed Texas Cancer Information.

The site’s Web address has also changed to www.texascancer.info. "Dot.info" is a fairly new Web site designation that provides just as much information as "dot.com" and others.

What remains the same on the Texas Cancer Information Web site is the wealth of cancer and health information for Texans ― and all information is free to users. Texas Cancer Information is funded by the Texas Cancer Council and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Texas Cancer Information provides the same reliable information for patients, caregivers, the general public, health care policy planners, physicians and other health professionals.

"These changes in our name and Web design will further our mission to empower Texans with the knowledge needed to reduce the impact of cancer," says Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D., Texas Cancer Information director and M. D. Anderson’s vice president for health policy.

Since its inception in 1986, Texas Cancer Information has provided reliable cancer data and resources for in-state users. Staff at Texas Cancer Information gather and organize the most recent information available. Texas Cancer Information provides information about:

If you’ve bookmarked TCDC, remember to update this information to www.texascancer.info. For questions about Texas Cancer Information, call 713-792-2277 or e-mail info@texascancer.info.

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Monthly Focus Highlights Cancer Awareness

Tune in to the Monthly Focus section on the Texas Cancer Information home page for updated information that aligns with national cancer awareness months.

In Monthly Focus, you’ll find links specific to each topic featured for that month. Past topics include cancer control and minority cancer awareness, prostate cancer awareness, breast cancer awareness and more. In the coming months, look for these topics: skin cancer, physical activity, nutrition and survivorship

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What's New

Survivorship Portal

Nearly 12 million cancer survivors now are living in the U.S., and this number is expected to approach 20 million by 2020.

With so many individuals successfully completing treatment, we’ve created a new Survivorship Portal to help meet the needs of cancer survivors and caregivers.

Log onto www.texascancersurvivor.info for information and links related to survivorship, as well as a searchable function that yields links to appropriate resources.

The Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition provided significant support in developing this new portal.

Access to Care

Nearly 25 percent of the Texas population is uninsured, with most of these individuals earning a low income.

Through Access to Cancer Care for Low-Income and Uninsured Patients, Texas Cancer Information offers uninsured Texans information about procedures and resources available in their counties.

Currently, information for 10 Texas counties — Cameron, Crockett, Ector, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Liberty, Midland, Starr and Taylor — is available on Texas Cancer Information, with information for additional counties in the works for the Web site. If a county is not listed, you still can find general access information that may be helpful.

Although we can’t guarantee that a patient will receive care through one of these programs, social workers, case managers, patients and others can find useful information as they seek options for the uninsured individuals throughout the state.

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Excellence in Information-Gathering

If you’re seeing this newsletter, you may already be familiar with Texas Cancer Information’s survey process.

Every year, we mail surveys to physicians, hospitals and other individuals and organizations to help us maintain accurate, updated information on www.texascancer.info.

We’d like your help in keeping our records accurate. If you know of colleagues who currently aren’t included on www.texascancer.info, drop us a line and let us know.

To help patients and healthcare professionals find these physicians, we want to contact them about adding their information to the Web site.

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Survey Time!

It’s that time again — look for your survey in the mail, according the schedule shown here.

Texas Cancer Information provides updated cancer information on physicians, hospitals, community resources and more. Your responses to the surveys we mail will help us keep our information accurate.

When you receive your survey, take a moment to complete it and return it to us. We appreciate your help in keeping our information current.

Upcoming Texas Cancer Information surveys:

If you’d like to update your information before receiving your survey, log onto Texas Cancer Information anytime. Forgot your password to make your updates? E-mail us at info@texascancer.info.

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Meet the Texas Cancer Information Advisory Committee

Mary Lou Adams, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
The University of Texas School of Nursing

Patricia Gail Bray, Ph.D.
Executive Director
St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities

Norma Castillo, LBSW
Valley Colorectal Screening Information and Service
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Blanca Cavazos
Project Director
Promesa Salud

Linda Civallero, M.P.H.
National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service

Maria E. Fernandez, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Houston-Health Science Center, School of Public Health

Stephanie A. Gonzalez
Project Director
Physician Oncology Education Program

Sheila Henderson, MLIS
Library Director
Pasadena Public Library

Philip Huang, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director
Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Promotion Unit,
Department of State Health Services

Andy Miller, MHSE, CHES
Director of Survivorship Programs
Lance Armstrong Foundation

Lisa Nelson
Business Manager
Texas Cancer Council

Lynne Nguyen, M.P.H.
Asian American Health Coalition Board

Billy U. Philips, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
Director, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The University of Texas Medical Branch,
The CATCHUM Project and Cancer Nutrition Network for Texans

Carol A. Rice, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor and Extension Health Specialist
Texas Cooperative Extension

Juanita Salinas, M.S.W.
Texas State Coordinator
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program,
Texas Department of State Health Services

Suzanne Starr
Education Services Manager
Hendrick Cancer Center

Sister Mary Jane Strauch, CHE
Valley Colorectal Screening Information and Service
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Karen Torges
Vice President for Health Initiatives
American Cancer Society, Texas Division, Inc.

JoAnn Ward, M.P.H.
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs,
Public Education Office, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Melanie Williams, Ph.D.
Branch Manager, Texas Cancer Registry
Texas Department of State Health Services

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Conference Calendar

Physician Oncology Program (POEP)




May 2

Annual Pain Symposium, (in conjunction with TexMed 2008) Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 103 A, San Antonio

May 7-10

American Pain Society Annual Meeting Tampa, FL

June 13-15

25th Annual Pain Symposium Lubbock

June 15

Texas Pain Society Annual Membership Meeting Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Academic Classroom Building, Room 100, Lubbock

June 26-28

2008 International Symposium of Supportive Care in Cancer: Multinational Association of Supportive Care of Cancer/International Society for Oral Oncology The Hilton-Americas, Houston

Aug. 28-30

Current Concepts in Palliative Care: Update and Review Course Chicago, IL

Sept. 4-7

Texas Society of Anesthesiologist Annual Meeting Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort, Bastrop

Sept. 27-28

Intensive Board Review Course in Hospice & Palliative Medicine The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

Sept. 27-28

Pain and Symptom Management in Patients with Advance Disease: Clinical Review for Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

Sept. 28-30

12th Annual Interdisciplinary Approach to Symptom Control, Palliative and Hospice Care Conference The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP)




May 8 - 9

DSHS Breast/Cervical Training Austin

May 17

Women’s Health Update Lubbock

May 19 - 23

Faculty Training Program Houston

June 5 - 6

School Nurse Institute Waco

June 7

Pain and Palliative Care Uvalde

June 21

Women’s Health Update Mt. Pleasant

July 19

Holistic Care of the Cancer Patient Austin

Dental Oncology Education Program (DOEP)




May 2

Oral Cancer, Precancer and Differential Diagnosis of Common Oral Mucosal Conditions San Antonio

May 2

A Review and Update of Oral Pathology for the Practicing Dentist and Dental Hygienist San Antonio

Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE)




June 7

TSOPHE Spring Conference: What We Know…What We Need to Know Austin

Oct 10 - 11

TSOPHE Fall Conference: From Evidence to Practice Houston

Anderson Network, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center




Sept 4 - 6

Living Fully With and Beyond Cancer Houston

Texas Tumor Registrars Association (TxTRA)




Sept 10 - 12

36th Annual Conference San Antonio

National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (NBLIC)




Sept. 21 - 23

Health Disparities Conference Houston

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW)/ Texas Annual Conference




Nov. 6 - 8

3rd joint conference with NASW/TX and SSWLHC-TX Galveston

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