The Surgical Oncology Clinic is part of the Baylor College of Medicine Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. Personalized medicine—replacing traditional treatments with targeted therapies based on each individual’s unique biology and the exact characteristics of their cancer—is a major focus of the center, which seeks to achieve earlier detection, better prevention, and more effective treatments with fewer side effects.
Faculty physicians in the Division of Surgical Oncology provide multi-modality evaluation and surgical treatment as part of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. The cross-disciplinary cancer treatment approach at Baylor College of Medicine, along with its emphasis in research and cancer prevention strategies, has earned a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Designation.
Baylor surgical oncologists emphasize the application of the latest research as quickly and responsibly as possible to patient care, giving surgeons the opportunity to offer ground-breaking treatment to their patients due to their involvement in progressive bench and clinical research.
Developing novel approaches for cancer gene therapy is one of the program's several basic science research pursuits, while its recent clinical research initiatives have included the compilation of new multi-disciplinary tissue databases tracking patient outcomes in pancreatic and colorectal cancers.