Unfortunately, most lung cancers do not cause any symptoms until they have spread. However, some people with early lung cancer do have symptoms, making it possible to detect it earlier. This is why it’s very important to visit your doctor when you first begin to notice symptoms. If you do have cancer, early detection and … Continued

Why you should detect ovarian cancer early if possible. Here at Hope Cancer Center of East Texas, we’ve been helping East Texans fight cancer for over 30 years. We want everyone to be proactive and vigilant in their own personal detections of ovarian cancer. As we know how dramatically a cancer diagnosis can affect someone’s … Continued

Name and position Pat Branham RN, OCN Director of Clinical Services What got me to HOPE? I was with another oncology clinic for more than 10 years and it was slated to close due to a retiring MD. I was encouraged by that MD to apply at HOPE as he felt I would be a … Continued

cancer screening

Cancer is one of the most insidious diseases of the modern era because it comes in many forms. This can make it hard to diagnose and treat. Given cancer’s many varieties, it’s no wonder that many patients have no idea when they should be screened, or what screening tools are most effective. Here’s a simple … Continued

tobacco free child

Long-term tobacco use has all sorts of ill effects, as our parents’ and grandparents’ generations have shown us. However, you shouldn’t assume your child fully understands the consequences of tobacco use and nicotine addiction, especially since the tobacco industry has revamped their products and messaging. Here are the most recent tobacco trends along with a … Continued

healthy commute

Getting stuck in traffic can be stressful, especially on the way to and from work when you want to get to your destination as quickly as possible. Unfortunately for many of us, there is not much we can do to avoid getting caught in traffic jams every day. Here are five small steps you can … Continued

Almost every single one of us knows someone who has or has had cancer. Because cancer is the result of abnormal cell division, no one is immune and any body part is susceptible. Besides nonmelanoma skin cancer, here are some of the most common cancers to watch out for. There are many common types of … Continued


An oncologist is a physician who specializes in cancer treatment and management. This includes prevention, diagnosis and treatment of different types of cancer. It’s estimated that more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2018, making the oncologist’s role just as important as ever. Oncologist Training and Job Function … Continued

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood caused by an increase in the number of white blood cells in your body. When your body produces more white blood cells than red, it affects your ability to defend against infection. This cancer is often thought of as a children’s condition, however, it is much more prevalent … Continued

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is a disease in which the kidney cells grow abnormally and form a malignant tumor. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 63,340 new cases of kidney cancer in 2018. While kidney cancer is uncommon in people younger than age 45, it is one of the ten … Continued