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By G. Todd Hill, CEO UT Health East Texas Physicians

The recognition last month of Prostate Cancer Month got me thinking about my own exposure to prostate cancer through watching three generations on my father’s side deal with it.

The second and third generation (my grandfather and my father and uncles) received early diagnosis and were success stories. I did get to see the benefit of PSA surveillance and even saw the progression of surgical methods from open to laparoscopic methods. The recovery for the open surgery was grueling and had many issues from surgery that...

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The future looked bright for Cody Westbrook, 32, from Garrison, Texas. He was about to start a new job at Lockheed Martin. He had also picked out a new puppy; an English bulldog/pitbull mix he named Capone. But on a rainy night in May 2021, everything changed.

Cody and Capone were driving through Rusk County during heavy rain when his truck hydroplaned on the highway, went off the road and struck a tree.

When he regained consciousness, Cody was pinned inside the truck. He couldn’t find his phone, but he could reach his pistol, so he fired a few times into the ground to get...

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Patricia Porter doesn’t miss a beat. As an EKG technician at UT Health Tyler, she performs tests that are used to monitor a patient’s heart rate. She can often help detect heart disease, heart attack, an enlarged heart or abnormal heart rhythms that may cause heart failure in the future....

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We are always happy to receive compliments from our patients.

John Perkins recently received care through our intensive cardiac rehabilitation program in Tyler, using Pritikin ICR. Unlike the 36 exercise sessions offered through a traditional cardiac rehabilitation program, Pritikin offers...

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For most, a new year is the time for a fresh start. For Becky Spray, it was the start of her cancer journey.

Becky was adopted when she was three days old, so she didn’t know anything about her family medical history. Because of that, she started performing regular self-breast exams weekly when she was in college. On Jan. 1, 2020, she felt a lump. After a visit to her doctor, she was...

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We are always happy to receive compliments from our patients.

Becky Berry recently received care through our intensive cardiac rehabilitation program in Tyler, using Pritikin ICR. Unlike the 36 exercise sessions offered through a traditional cardiac rehabilitation program, Pritikin offers...

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Doc Smith always knew the risks, but not much can deter the 20-year-old from competing as a professional motocross racer. When asked about his most recent injury, he seemed to shrug and said, “It comes with the territory.”

Introduced to the sport by his dad at four years old, Doc said he didn’t begin taking it seriously until he was about 15. “I always wanted to be professional, but I didn’t begin putting in the effort until that time.” Doc competed locally until he was...

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In August 2020, Meagan Doran got the news that no one wants to hear, “You have cancer.” Meagan was only 36 years old and a mother of two young children. She had a significant family history of cancer, so she knew there was a chance she could experience it one day, but hearing those words is something you can never prepare for.

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In March 2020, the world flipped upside down. For many, it was COVID-19 concerns, but for Navy veteran Jeff Hickerson, it was a battle with leukemia.

 

“I started feeling tired and was getting worn out quickly,” Hickerson said. “I used to have high blood pressure, so I...

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