Susan Hoover, M.D., Brings Breast Surgical Specialty to UT MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land
Breast Surgical Oncologist Joins Multidisciplinary Team.
MD Anderson News Release 2/06/12
Susan J. Hoover, MD, a specialized breast surgical oncologist, has joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, bringing a new dimension of expertise to a growing complement of breast services.
Hoover, who also is associate professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson, specializes solely in benign and malignant breast conditions. She joins MD Anderson medical and radiation oncology colleagues in Sugar Land who together provide multidisciplinary care and focused expertise.
“I’ve dedicated my practice to taking care of patients with breast disease for 12 years,” Hoover said. “Joining the MD Anderson team in Sugar Land allows me to care for patients in a setting that is comfortable for them and me. I’m passionate about providing truly specialized breast surgery and care in the community, and ensuring that all patients have access to the highest level of breast care.”
A native of Dallas, Hoover graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her surgical residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Realizing that she wanted to devote her career to caring for breast cancer patients, she completed a year of additional training in the competitive Susan G. Komen / Southwestern Interdisciplinary Fellowship of Breast Oncology. The fellowship, for which she was selected, provided focused training in all aspects of both benign breast disease and breast cancer care and exposed her to a wide range of rare and complex cases.
When she completed the fellowship, Hoover remained at UT Southwestern Medical Center as a faculty member where she performed only breast surgery. From there, she accepted a faculty position with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, performing breast surgery, teaching and advocating for early detection and breast cancer education through community work. Hoover comes to MD Anderson from a private breast surgical practice in Tennessee.
“With all the clinical training I’ve had, probably the best advice I have for patients diagnosed with cancer is this: ‘Let’s deal with what it is we know now.’ There is so much anxiety with cancer and the ‘what ifs.’ To maintain strength and composure through the cancer journey and process, it helps to deal only with the known facts, taking one step at a time and one day at a time,” said Hoover.
The Sugar Land Regional Care Center offers a growing range of services specific to the treatment and care of breast disease. In addition to breast surgery, the team includes medical oncologists and certified oncology nurses experienced in breast care, as well as radiation oncologists, social workers, pain management specialists, nutritionists and rehabilitation therapists. The center also is available to patients who have a questionable breast lump or irregular mammogram who would like to be evaluated primarily at the Sugar Land Regional Care Center or who want a second opinion.
The faculty and staff at the Sugar Land Regional Care Center, located on the campus of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, see patients diagnosed with a wide range of cancers both rare and common. Every patient seen at the center has access to multidisciplinary care, onsite chemotherapy infusion, radiation treatment, pain management and supportive care. Unique to breast care in the community, MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land has a specialized on-site nurse navigator who assists each new breast patient through the process of diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
MD Anderson also has regional care centers in Katy, Bay Area and The Woodlands.
To learn more about the MD Anderson Sugar Land Regional Care Center, please visit www.MDAnderson.org/SugarLand.