My philosophy in practice is simple—with every patient, I ask myself the simple question, "How would I treat my wife, mom, dad, or anyone else I care deeply for?" It's not just about treating a cancer, but caring for the patient, which I guess means "healing" the whole patient, mind and body. That comes with a lot of listening, then a lot of discussion about what the right thing to do is.
It's certainly not simply us, the doctors, telling you, a patient, what to do. It's having an open, two-way conversation about what the options are and then what the definitive recommendation for the next step would be. We do our work with a lot of hope that what we do is the right thing for each patient. Family is a big part of this too, and we always welcome lots of questions from all involved.
Dr. Ernest Hymel, MD is a radiation oncology doctor who practices in Port Arthur, TX. He is 48 years old and has been practicing for 17 years. Dr. Hymel is affiliated with CHRISTUS Hospital and The Medical Center of Southeast Texas.