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Cancer Patients Should Seek a Second Opinion. It Could Save Their Life.

Dallas, TX, October 10, 2012 --( Dr. Dennis Birenbaum: “Cancer Patients Should Seek A Second Opinion. It Could Save Their Life.”

Dr. Dennis Birenbaum, head of the Texas Hematology / Oncology Centers, is an outspoken advocate of cancer patients seeking second opinions, even his own patients. He sees first-hand the impact of delays and complications caused by a missed diagnosis or other important treatment plan issues.

Dr. Birenbaum explains, “Cancer is an insidious disease and a patient cannot afford to miss any opportunity to fight for their lives with every treatment available. As an MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute trained physician, I encourage all cancer patients to ask themselves if they are confident in their diagnosis and treatment plan. If there is any question, they should immediately seek a second opinion. It could save their life.”

Tina Withrow a certified cancer patient navigator and disease counselor states, “The patient needs to do some self-assessment and take action to stack the deck in their favor. I constantly receive calls from patients who are worried about their future but unsure of whether to seek a second opinion out of loyalty to their attending physician. I say to them that doctors are human and a good doctor will, in many cases, welcome a second opinion if it can improve the well being…and survivability… of the patient.”

Rosalyn Slaughter, a cancer survivor from stage 4 breast cancer added, “I was hesitant to get a second opinion, my family and friends insisted, and I believe it saved my life. It took some extra effort, but I was not going to fall to the disease without a fight or without finding out all my options before making decisions. Now I am 12 years in complete remission.”

Dr. Birenbaum continued, “When it comes to surviving cancer, knowledge is power! No patient is too sick not to have a second opinion. When it comes to life…it is always worth it. ”

Dr. Birenbaum can also be heard on his radio show called “A Short Walk Through a Long Journey” broadcast each Friday from 2pm – 3pm CST on KAAM Radio AM 770 in Dallas, Texas. Callers can dial 1-877-272-5226 Previously aired shows can be heard on-line by going to Dr. Birenbaum’s web site .

For More Information Contact:
Tim Pugiese – Media Relations

Dr. Dennis Birenbaum
THOC,PA dba Texas Hematology / Oncology Centers Phone: 469-453-5500

An MD Anderson trained physician founded the Arlington Cancer Treatment Center in 1981. He founded the Texas Hematology Center, PA in 1997. He was the founder, Medical Director, and CEO of Patients Comprehensive Cancer Center (2001) & McKinney Regional Cancer Center (2007). He is the author of the various articles pertaining to Hematology and Oncology disorders. His private practice in Hematology/Oncology has been in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1979.

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Medical OncologyMedical School:
MD, National University of Mexico, Guadalajara, Jaliso, Mexico
Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Medicine, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Medical Hematology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
(also served one year as Clinical Associate Medical Oncology/Faculty Assistant)


Founder, Medical Director, and CEO of Patients’ Comprehensive Cancer Care Center and Texas Hematology Oncology Center, PA
Author of various articles dealing with Hematology and Oncology disorders
Private practice in Hematology/Oncology in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area since 1979


Dallas (Corporate Office) 10 Medical Parkway, Plaza III, Ste. 106 Dallas, Texas 75234
Carrollton 4333 N. Josey Lane, Plaza II, Ste. 103, Carrollton, Texas 75010
McKinney 4541 Medical Center Drive, McKinney, Texas 75069

Areas of Clinical Interests:

Gastrointestinal Tumors
Hepatic Artery Perfusion
Melanoma, Sarcoma
Breast Cancer
Bloodless Medicine
Hematologic Disorders, including Myeloma
Solid Tumor Cancer, including Lung, Ovarian, Male/Female Reproductive Cancer

Credentialed at Multiple Local Hospitals:

Baylor Carrollton
Centennial Medical Center
Medical Center of Arlington
Medical Center of McKinney
Methodist Richardson Medical Center
Texas Specialty Hospital
Dallas Medical Center
Specialty Hospital
Forrest Park Medical Center

Personal Interests:

Born and raised in Dallas, TX
Father of two sons
Owns five dogs
Loves traveling and golf
Avid collector of arts and antiques
Contact Information
Texas Hematology Oncology Centers
Tim Pugliese

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