Physician Of The Week – Dr. Alan Rodney

DrRodney2Dr. Alan Rodney a native of New Orleans, Louisiana who is in private practice with Texas Oncology, PA at the Deke Slayton Cancer Center.

He works out of offices in both Webster and Pearland, Texas. Dr. Rodney completed both his undergraduate and medical education at Xavier University and Louisiana State University School of Medicine respectively.

He is board certified in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine and specializes in Medical Oncology and Hematology and holds medical licenses in the both the states of Texas and Louisiana. He completed a combined fellowship in Medical Oncology and Hematology at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, respectively.

Hematology is the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases and disorders. Hematologists treat conditions with the red and white blood cells, platelets, lymph nodes, bone marrow, blood vessels, and the spleen.

Blood conditions can be benign or malignant. Common non-cancerous blood disorders include anemia and hemophilia. Patients with anemia have a deficiency of oxygen-rich red blood cells, while individuals with hemophilia experience excessive bleeding due to the blood’s inability to clot properly.

Cancerous blood conditions include leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

Leukemia originates in the bone marrow and involves quickly multiplying abnormal white blood cells that disrupt blood functions. Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas create problems within the body’s immune system, while multiple myeloma affects the plasma cells of the body.

Hematologists also treat conditions related to the proteins that trigger bleeding and clotting, usually known as thrombosis and hemostasis. Thrombosis refers to the formation of abnormal blood clots that become embedded in a major vein or artery, blocking blood circulation. Blood clots can cause pain, swelling, or warmth in the affected area, and can be life-threatening. Hemostasis is the process of controlling bleeding.

While at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Rodney developed special interest in cancers of the prostate, colon, breast, and lung, as well as lymphoma. He delivers compassionate, individualized patient care.

In addition to being a member of the Houston Medical Forum, he belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, and Texas Society of Medical Oncology. He is currently a member of the Memorial Hermann cancer Committee and site leader for Texas Oncology Clinical Pathways.

Oncology is the medical specialty dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The medical oncology services you receive at Texas Oncology are provided by a team that consists of physicians, nurses and clinicians specifically-trained in cancer treatment.

This medical oncology team plays a major role in your cancer treatment and care. They manage your cancer treatment plans and therapies, monitor and evaluate your progress, and collaborate with your other medical professionals to determine your cancer treatment plan options.

They consult with you about your choices and any temporary side effects you may experience during chemotherapy treatments. They provide medical guidance, helping you make decisions throughout your treatment. They also connect you and your family to support services that meet your educational, emotional and financial needs during the treatment process.

Dr. Rodney has also coauthored abstracts and articles for peer reviewed journals such as Cancer and American Journal of Clinical Oncology and served as a speaker for the Oncology Division of Lilly, Bristol-Myers and Celgene.

Some of his other honors and accolades include graduating Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University and receiving both the Robert C. Byrd and Rousseye Academic Honors Scholarships.

In 2005, he received the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation Award in Oncology several years after twice receiving the New Orleans Medical Association Young Physician Award in 1998 and 2000.

Dr. Rodney is committed to providing high quality, compassionate and individualized patient care. By participating in the nation’s largest clinical trial network and provides leading-edge care for patients in their community.

His interest in offering the best care to his patients includes the opportunity for eligible patients to participate in well-designed clinical trials close to home.

Recently, he expanded the Texas Oncology outreach to southeast Houston and surrounding communities with an office and chemotherapy infusion center in Pearland within the newly constructed Shadow Creek Ranch Medical Building.

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