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FEBRUARY 2016 Serving Richmond, Rosenberg, Fulshear
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VALENTINE'S DAYGIFT GUIDE
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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 | V O L U M E 4 | N U M B E R 3
Dane Thanoo, Medical Physicist; Larry Duyka; Dr. Clive Shkedy, Radiation Oncologist and Winston Phillips, Radiation Therapist.Photo by Mary Favre.
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Joan FrancesContributor Pages 20 & 32
C O V E R S T O R Y
F E ATUR E S
14 THE GEMS OF FORT BEND PROVIDE OVER $18,000 TO THE FORT BEND FAMILY YMCA absolutely! focus media presented the organization with proceeds from the Generous, Enthusiastic Men Serving held in October.
22 VALENTINES DAYGIFT GUIDEFind the perfect gift for that special someone.
20 HIGH SCHOOL HOT SHOT Meet Tiffany Lam
32 A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY Steamboats on the Brazos
16 ANGELA MCCAINBIRD PHOTOGRAPHYAt George Memorial Library
MED I C A L F O CUS
18 OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTERAnnounces 2015Physician of the Year
BRA I N T E A S E R
23 LOVE IS IN THE AIR
I N E V E RY I S SU E
4 EXCLAMATION POINTS!
10 SEEN ON THE SCENE
16 COMMUNITY EVENTS
24 OUT & ABOUT IN THE HEART OF BRAZOS
31 COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE
6 BREATH OF LIFEPhysicians at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital are using advanced technology and a collaborative treatment approach to give patients a fighting chance against lung cancer.
ON THE COVER:Dane Thanoo, Medical Physicist, andDr. Clive Shkedy, Radiation Oncologist.
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Vol. 4 No. 3February 2016
absolutely! Brazos Magazine is published by absolutely! focus media, 4655 Techniplex Dr., Ste. 700, Stafford, TX 77477. Copyright 2016 by absolutely! focus media. All rights reserved. Reproduc-tion without permission is strictly prohibited. absolutely! Brazos Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading adver-tising or editorial, nor do the publishers assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. absolutely! Brazos Magazine welcomes editorial submissions from its readers.
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PUBLISHER Patti Parish-Kaminski
MANAGING EDITOR Sarah Bearden
SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Jessica Kij
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Jennifer Elliott Molly Ellis Kay Garrett
Andrea Rigamonti Suzanne Stiles
ART DIRECTOR Grace Belleza
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CONTRIBUTORS Joan Frances Myles Mellor
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The Month of Love
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. Mother Teresa in her infinite wisdom and genuine love for mankind summed up her feelings about love and sharing it with others with these words. I couldnt agree more.
February, the month of love, is about reminding those we love most how much we cherish them, be they sweet-hearts, spouses, children or that someone special we have in our lives. And if you need help with some extra special ideas, check out our Valentines Day Gift Guide on page 22. Whether you are looking for a gift or a perfect outing, you will find something special for your sweetheart.
Speaking of outings, this winter absolutely! Brazos has been out and about everywhere! From holiday hap-penings to school events to a celebration where $10,000 and a new Ford Mustang was given away, we were there. Take a look at where weve been in our Out & About, and if you are hosting a special event, be sure to let us know. We would love to stop by and spend some time with you.
Mother Teresa also said, Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Spread the love with a smile this month, and well do the same as we are out and about in the Bend.
Happy Valentines Day!
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Physicians at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital are using advanced technology and a collaborative treatment ap-proach to give patients a fighting chance against lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the most deadly cancer in the United States, with approximately 150,000 deaths per year more than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined, largely be-
At Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, new technologies are helping physicians team up to defeat
Breath of LifeBreath of LifeDane Thanoo, Medical Physicist; Charles Conlon, MD; Clive Shkedy, MD; Priya Oolut, MD and Clifford Price.
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cause most lung cancers are not diagnosed until they are at an advanced stage. Patients with lung cancer often dont have pain or exhibit any symptoms until the cancer has spread, said Priya Oolut, MD, a board certified pulmonolo-gist with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. But if we can identify a tumor early, we have a better chance at curing that patient with todays leading-edge technology.
To help with early detection, physicians at Houston Meth-odist Sugar Land Hospital now offer low-dose radiation com-puted tomography (CT) screening, which is recommended by the American Lung Association for:
Current or former smokers 50 years of age or older Individuals who have smoked the equivalent of one
pack of cigarettes a day for at least 20 years Lung cancer survivors
The availability of low-dose radiation CT screening rep-resents a real paradigm change, said Oolut. A CT scan is three times more sensitive than a chest X-ray, enabling us to see even small tumors in the periphery of the lungs. So, we now have the ability to safely and accurately scan patients.
Collaboration for a Cure
Sugar Land resident Clifford Price is a living example of how technology and collaboration are coming together to suc-cessfully diagnose and treat lung cancer at Houston Method-ist Sugar Land Hospital.
Like many people in his gener