FAQs

How do I make an appointment?

Contact the Surgical Oncology Clinic at the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor.  The phone number is 713-798-2262.

Is there a wait list to see you?

I am currently taking appointments and see patients within a few days to a week of contact.

Can you treat me with your RF research device? What if I sign a waiver?

I cannot use the device to treat patients until clinical trials have been approved by the FDA. We are starting clinical trials in Italy in 2016 and plan to use data generated there to support the start of a clinical trial in the US the following year.

I am not sure if my cancer is operable?  What should I do?

While many of my patients are referred from their medical oncologist or treating physician, I can review scans and records to determine if you are a surgical candidate.  Please call my assistant, Sandra Palacios, at 713-798-8371 for instructions on sending me records and scans.

What if I am not a candidate for surgery?

I am happy to refer you to my colleagues in the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center to discuss other treatment options, including cutting edge clinical research studies.  I am also happy to work with your treating physician to find treatments near where you live.

If my tumors shrink with chemotherapy can I become a candidate for surgery?

Every cancer and every patient is different, but in many cancers a good response to treatment will allow me to perform surgical removal of liver tumors or cancer at other sites that was not previously operable.