Sunday, June 8, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZ Cancer treatments making great strides New Braunfels oncologist details new trends By Terrl Brotze Special to the HeraldZeitung When Dr Frank Schell was a boy growing up in New Jersey he was struck with the heartache of losing all four of his grandparents to cancer Each death brought more pain to his life and perhaps a little closer to his passion arftl profession of fighting and managing the dreaded disease Dr Frank Schell Late last December his passion reaffirmed when cancer took his mother Our primary goal our primary function is to find a said Schell an oncologist with Oncology Associates in New Braunfels Seguin and Live Oak And very commonly that goal is Schell said he believes the key is finding where the cancer began We have to find what it was that started the malignancy in the first he explained For example breast cancer can end up in the bone but its still breast cancer and must be effectively treated as such A treatment for breast cancer is very different than for bone cancer We have to know the origin before the treatment can be Schell explained To do that a patient undergoes a series of blood tests Xrays or scans to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body or metastasized A detailed interview with the patient specifying symptoms and complaints and past medical history usually pinpoints the cancer origin Before coming for an office visit Schell recommends 1 Bring a close friend or family member to help ask and answer questions and provide support 2 Make a list in advance of questions and concerns 3 Bring a tape recorder a notepad and pen and write everything down You will need to refer back to the information in making treatment 4 Bring a complete updated summary of your medical history Once the type of cancer has been determined Schell suggested dialogue with other cancer survivors with the same cancer type He recommended participating and joining a support group like Dialogue an American Cancer Society of Comal County service But he warns of misinformation when surfing the Internet No two patients are exactly alike No two cancers are exactly says Schell Every case is unique Someones bad experience may be a good one for someone Cancer treatments constantly are changing He referenced Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedys son whose leg was amputated as a result of cancer You wouldnt see that today Now the tumor would be removed and replaced with a steel bone to keep the leg In determining treatment Schell considers general health of the patient age gender existing medical problems allergies skin type life priorities and sometimes even a persons religion A young woman with two children will have different goals than someone in their 60s or 70s on the edge of Alzheimers The problems are so Schell said While cancer surgery leans toward the conservative approach Schell observed chemotherapists using more radical methods as chemotherapy drugs change and improve He said he believed great strides in reducing side effects allow patients to get through chemo without missing a day of work twothirds suffer no misery at all But Schell agrees a patient suffering from the treatment should be taken off of it Schell also said he believed radiation therapy to be rapidly improving with time and research For example he said Linear accelerators design a beam that penetrates deep in the body without burning the leaving only a sunburn at worst The angle of the beam and lead shields isolate the cancerous organ with little radiation reaching surrounding tissue in most cases according to Schell You have to break down the walls Theres so many misconceptions out there about chemo and He said most of it is old news Schell remembered one woman in her 70s with breast cancer and uterine cancer who cursed him when hearing his suggested treatment She had only three months to live according to her Schell recalled Three years later we were friends Five years later she thought I was Gods right The patient lived cancerfree for 10 years until a recurrence in her liver just last week Cryotherapy the freezing of cancer cells works magic on skin and liver cancer according to Schell while hormone therapy works well on breast and prostate cancer both with little or no side effects Still the best of them all is on the research horizon Gene therapy would identify genetic problems in cancer cells that make a cell become malignant Schell said Were beginning to understand what causes that to happen so we can modify those genes We can then inject into the cancer cells something that would teach them to stop misbehaving and act like a normal And the side effects Maybe none Schell and Oncology Associates donated to the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala for just to develop the best treatment available Forty cents of every contributed dollar goes to cancer research two cents to administration and the rest to local support and prevention services The Comal County American Cancer Society provides Dialogue Reach to Recovery Road to Recovery Look Good Feel Better Camp Discovery Life After Loss and Man to Man For information call Bob Peterson at 6253252 The ACS Starlight Gala Starlight in Red White and Blue opens at 7 June 20 at the Civic Center Black Tie and military dress are encouraged but optional Call 6064115 for reservations beginning at per couple and raffle tickets for a 1997 Motor Trend Car of the Year Malibu for one three for This article is the third in a five part series by the American Cancer Some children may be neglected this summer Summer is here and that means thousands of school children across Texas are on a threemonth break In some households children will be in situations in which they are under partial or no supervision during the day While most parents show good judgment when it comes to leaving their children unsupervised some leave children in circumstances that could be considered neglectful According to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services neglectful supervision of children is almost as common as child abuse More than children were victims of neglectful supervision last year in Texas Approximately 12 percent of them live in the 28county region in South Texas headquartered in San Antonio When people hear about child neglect they may remember news reports in recent years about extreme cases in which in very filthy Donna Garrett GKiTdCProfective1 Services program However child neglect can also occur when parents dont realize leaving their children home alone can lead to Neglectful supervision is when a child has been put in a situation beyond the childs level of maturity understanding physical condition or mental abilities which leads or may lead to the child being injured Garrett said the department follows guidelines to determine neglect consider things like the age the child is able care for himself or herself It is important that the child is capable of reaching the parents or emergency services We want to know if the parents have properly instructed their children about what to do in an emergency We ask about the childs ability to respond in a crisis We ask how long the child has been left unattended Has the child been left to care for other children in the household Is the environment safe Does the child have a mental physical or medical disability that affects the childs safety Submitted by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services Local Briefs Lamar Smith plans June 21 town meetings in New Braunfels Seguin NEW BRAUNFELS Congressman Lamar Smith will host town meetings in New Braunfels and Seguin on June 21 At 9 Smith will meet citizens at Seguin Independent School Districts Oak Park Mall facility 1205 E Kingsbury in Seguin At 11 Smiths meeting will be conducted at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa St in New Braunfels PEC slates membership meeting June 21 in Johnson City JOHNSON CITY Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc invites all members to the annual membership meeting June 21 at the River Palace on 281 North in Johnson City Registration for the 2 meeting will begin at noon and last until The meeting agenda includes the election of six representatives to the cooperatives board of directors Ralph Giesecke District 1 director Roland Erben District 6 director Bud Burnett District 7 director Vi Cloud District 1 advisory director Robert A Reed District 4 advisory director and Bias Tenorio District 7 advisory director are recommended by the nominating committee Members who are unable to attend the meeting are reminded to return their proxies by June 13 to qualify for cash prizes Door prizes will be awarded throughout the meeting RADZ01 10 MINUTE FASTPROFESSIONAL CLEAN 15 Off Helga is offering a special on all color highlights and perms Receive a free 2 oz shampoo with any of these services Helga Kunz 6205804 249 W San Antonio Offer valid thru 83197 TAUNTS 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