Hall Receives Award for Fight on Cancer

2-23-06- The Texas Cancer Center in Sherman Thursday presented Congressman Ralph Hall with the 2005 US Oncology Medal of Honor Award, sponsored by US Oncology, for his leadership and continued support of the War on Cancer. Every day, millions of Americans across the country are treated for cancer, and nearly 85 % of them receive care in community-based settings.

According to a recent report by the American Cancer Society, the actual number of Americans who died of cancer dropped below the count for the previous year, based on records from 2003 and 2002, the most recent data available.

“Congressman Ralph Hall is a true leader in Sherman,” said Dr. Larry Barker, Medical Director, Texas Cancer Center –Sherman. “We thank him for his persistent efforts to ensure that all cancer patients in Texas receive the highest quality of care. As seen in the recent American Cancer Society report, we are seeing the direct results of cancer care saving lives, but our commitment and momentum—from the caregiver level to Congressional level—needs to continue. I thank the Congressman for leading the way.”

“The efforts of award recipients on behalf of community-based cancer care make a real difference in the lives of all patients with cancer,” said Lloyd K. Everson, M.D., Vice Chairman of US Oncology. “They are with us, with the cancer patients, and with their families on the ‘front lines in the War on Cancer.’ We are truly honored to recognize them with our Medal of Honor. We thank Congressman Hall for preserving patient access to community cancer care in America.”

Everson added that with each year, cancer patients and caregivers alike continue to face enormous challenges. Throughout the US Oncology network, physicians, nurses, researchers, and other cancer care specialists strive to ensure that patients have access to and receive the highest quality of care available.

“I thank all the doctors and nurses in Sherman who are making a difference in the lives of our cancer patients,” said Congressman Hall. “We are making tremendous progress in treating cancer each and every day with new and innovative therapies becoming available to patients. I am delighted to receive my sixth Medal of Honor Award, and I thank US Oncology for all the work you do.”

The Medal of Honor award is given annually by US Oncology to elected officials including Administration officials, US Senators, and Members of Congress whose efforts in the War on Cancer have been extraordinary supportive of America’s community-based cancer care delivery system and the patients and families it serves.

Texas Cancer Center, with offices in both Sherman and Denison, offers patients today's most advanced technologies and treatments, and provides supportive services and programs to address patients' individual educational, psychological, emotional, financial, and nutritional needs. Texas Cancer Center is part of Texas Oncology, P.A. With more than 240 physicians, 35 cancer centers and more than 90 locations, Texas Oncology is the largest independent oncology practice nationwide and provides care to more cancer patients in Texas than any other cancer care provider. Texas Oncology is a member of the US Oncology network, one of the nation's leading health services networks focused exclusively on cancer treatment and research.