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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Cancer treatments making great stridesNew Braunfels oncologist details new trends By Terri Braize Special to the Herald-Zeitung 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    aiftl profession of fighting and managing the dreaded disease Late    last December, his passion reaffirmed when cancer took his mother. “Our primary goal, our primary function is to find a cure,” said Schell, an oncologist with Oncology Associates in New Braunfels, Seguin and Live Oak. “And very commonly that goal is achievable.” 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 place,” he explained. For example, breast cancer can end up in the bone, but it’s 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 effective,” Schell Dr. Frank Schell explained. To do that, a patient undergoes a series of blood tests, X-rays 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 decisions.) 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 alike,” says Schell. “Every case is unique. Someone’s bad experience may be a good one for someone else.” Cancer treatments constantly are changing. He referenced Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy’s son, whose leg was amputated as a result of cancer. “You wouldn’t see that today. Now, the tumor would be removed and replaced with a steel bone to keep the leg intact.” In determining treatment, Schell considers general health of the patient, age, gender, existing medical problems, allergies, skin type, life priorities and sometimes even a person’s religion. “A young woman with two children will have different goals than someone in their 60s or 70s on the edge of Alzheimer. The problems are so complex,” 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, two-thirds 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 skin,” 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. There’s so many misconceptions out there about chemo and radiation.” 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 doctor,” Schell recalled. “Three years later, we were friends. Five years later, she thought I was God’s right hand.” The patient lived cancer-free for IO 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, “We’re 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 cell.” And the side effects? Maybe none. Schell and Oncology Associates donated $3,500 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 625-3252. The ACS Starlight Gala, “Starlight Some children may be neglected this summer Summer is here and that means thousands of school children across Texas are on a three-month 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 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 a.m., Smith will meet citizens at Seguin Independent School District’s Oak Park Mall facility, 1205 E. Kingsbury in Seguin. At 11 a.m., Smith’s meeting will be conducted at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa common as child abuse. More than 17,700 children were victims of neglectful supervision last year in Texas. Approximately 12 percent (2,135) of them live in the 28-county 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 qh^rcq, 'vwe left in very filthy hemp conditions,” said Donna Garrett, ChiTdProtective Services program administrator. “However, child neglect can also occur when parents don't realize 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 U.S. 281 North in Johnson City. Registration for the 2 p.m. meeting will begin at noon and last until 1:45 p.m. The meeting agenda includes the election of six representatives to the cooperative’s board of directors. leaving their children home alone can lead to harm.” Neglectful supervision is when a child has been put in a situation beyond the child’s 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. "We consider things like the age gp^jqjltuniy flflifcf*child and if the child is able to care for himself or herself. It is important that the child is capable of reaching the parents or emergency services. We want to Ralph Giesecke. District I director; Roland Erben, District 6 director; W W. “Bud” Burnett, District 7 director; Vi Cloud, District I advisory director; Robert A. Reed Jr., District 4 advisory director; and Blas Tenorio, District 7 advisory director, are RADZOI Ro minute I SJL CHANGE FAST- PROFESSIONAL- CLEAN 620-5804 249 VV. San Antonio Offer valid thru 8-31-97 in Red, White and Blue” opens at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Civic Center. Black Tie and military dress are encouraged but optional. Call 606-4115 for reservations beginning at $100 per couple and raffle tickets for a 1997 Motor Trend Car of the Year Malibu ($10 for one, three for $25). (This article is the third in a five-part series by the American Cancer Society.) TALENTS UNLIMITED Exotic Dancers Male/Female 15 yrs. experience Hove been on major talk shows Coll Seon (ako Stormin' Norman) 620-3211 • Night Clubs • Special Events know if the parents have properly instructed their children about what to do in an emergency. We ask about the child’s ability to respond in a crisis. We ask how long the child has been left unattended. Has the child been let! 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 child’s safety?” (Submitted by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Serxices) 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.Ten Cents A Minute Til the Year 2000. If you’re always running out of time, we have a deal you can’t refuse. For a limited time, Sprint PCS is offering a special introductory offer for our charter subscribers of 500 minutes of local air time for $50 a month until the year 2000*. Talk for as little as IO* a minute. Included FREE with your Sprint PCS service • Caller ID    •    Call Waiting • Detailed billing    •    Three-way calling • I st Minute of each incoming call in your home service area.MORE Sprint PCS advantages: Statewide Toll-free calling NO activation fees Enhanced Privacy and Security Digital Voice Clarity Simple billing • NO long-term contract required • NO hidden charges • 100% Digital, 100% PCS Network • Longer battery life • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee^Sprint Sprint PCS" GET CONNECTED AT THE FOLLOWING SPRINT PCS SELECT RETAILER: tit It EP AIB ALL MUB foUlPMEMT • fill [STI Hit IiAUTOMOTIVE AUDIO 829-4107 • 878-6878710 N. Malin • Maw Braiaftla ’Offer expires July 6,1997. Certain restrictions apply. See store for details. We’ve installed a state-of-the-art, supercooling “MISTER" system to guarantee that you’re comfortable day and night! Now you can enjoy our “All You Can Eat” Breakfast and BBQ Buffet all summer in the Yard. Remember, as long as the weather’s hot,“Mister Cool" will be doing weekend performances exclusively in New Braunfels at the Smokehouse. “The Yard" is also available for private parties Bring this ad for a "cool'' 10% Discount in the^ard. Smokehouse Highway 46 at 1-35 * 625-2416 ASSISTED LIVING AT STERLING HOUSE TH E NSW ALTERNATIVE TO NURSING HOME CARE tfOuite fa    (Heeding .'9%ouie- ypew We are excited to invite you to our special open house celebration for New Braunfels’s premier Assisted Living Residence. Bn joy refreshments and receive a complete tour along with helpful information on the Sterling House concept oj Assisted Living. Please Join Us...__ Sunday June 8,h - 12p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday June 9th - 10a.m. to4p.m. Tuesday June 10th ~ 10a.m. to4 p.m. 210-606-5300 J 'Setting the Standards" in Assisted Living JIH OUSE I “-"E MAKE YOUR I> D VERY GLAD All New Braunfels Smokers Reduced Grill Sergeant ......... 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