Construction Update

New building, right here at our same location!

Move Dates: Closed Dec 5-6

Friday December 5: We will close at noon.
Saturday December 6: We will be closed all day.
Regular hours resume on Monday December 8.

New parking under construction

Until construction is complete, customers may park in our staff spaces, off the alley directly behind  the new building, and enter through the staff door.

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4. Summer Progress Report

     The requirement that I receive my chemotherapy each week for 5 months has served to keep me close to home this summer.  I've been quite fortunate in that I've experienced virtually no physical side effects from the treatments.  My weekly white cell count has been all over the spectrum however, and I never know if the count will be high or low on any given week.  Fortunately, I've had no infections  resulting from low white counts, and I've been able to keep my regular excercise program intact thoughout.  Physically, I'm near 100% and am still gaining back some of the weight I lost last winter.  I think I gained three pounds outright from eating the lion's share of my 60th birthday cake July 31st! 

     I have four more chemotherapy sessions to go, the last one scheduled for the week of Labor Day.  Then on the 12th and 13th of September, I'll be returning to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for a follow-up CT scan.  I pray that this scan will be clear of cancer just like the last one in April.  If so, I may (or may not, 50-50 chance) receive some additional chemo and radiation therapy as per the clinical study to which I volunteed.  Then afterwards, I'll be scheduled for routine CT scans as they are warranted.

     Pancreatic cancer now ranks fourth in cancer deaths worldwide, only exceeded by lung, breast, and colorectal cancers.  Yet the money spent on pancreatic cancer research is shamefully low in proportion to other less common cancers, and it's barely 10% of that spent on breast cancer research alone.  Perhaps this is a prime reason that a pancreatic cancer victim's life expectancy is statisically no better today in 2012 than it was 50 years ago.  Even the best current treatments carry little hope for a cure, or even a lenghty remission.  So, much more remains to be done in the arena of pancreatic cancer, as with all other cancers.  In Congress, The Pancreatic Cancer Research and Education Act (S. 362/ H.R. 733) is a worthy bill that is currently stuck in committee despite widespread support from both sides of the aisle.  Co-sponsored by our very own Kay Bailey Hutchinson, this bill would not require any new funding should it pass, but it would re-allocate already existing monies toward pancreatic cancer initiatives.  It would also direct the FDA to loosen strict testing requirements for new drugs and treatments in order to make them more readily available for "compassionate use" for those suffering with terminal pancreatic cancer.  I have written my Washington Senators and Representative expressing my support for this bill, and I would greatly appreciate your doing the same.  Nowadays, it is quite easy to fire off an email and it takes only a minute of your time.  This bill may help fund break-through research that may offer real hope to my children and your children should they one day fall victim to this cruel disease.

     I will update my post again here on the Holt Clinic website after I get the results of my September CT scan.  Meanwhile, please remember me in your thoughts and prayers, just as you've done for me this past few months.  I cannot thank you all enough......

                                 David Baxter    

 

      

  

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  • We love our senior pet patients! +

    You can help improve and extend your pet's quality of life!   Cats and small dogs are considered "seniors" when they reach the age of seven, and large dogs as early as six. Consider the following as your pet ages: HEALTHY WEIGHTMaintain your pet's waistline and mobility with plenty of Read More
  • Pre-Adoption Checklist +

    Before adopting a new pet, there are many things that need to be considered.  Make sure that you have fully considered and planned for your new family member to make the addition as easy as possible:     Are you looking for companionship or an animal to compete in agility Read More
  • Do You Know First Aid? For Your Pet? +

    Maybe it's time to take a course to help all of the members of your family -- while you're at it, you can learn about first aid for your pet.     Know what to do.  The American Red Cross has a First Aid app for pets!  It provides information that Read More
  • Help Your Pets Have a Happy Fourth!! +

    Here are some helpful tips to make sure your pets are safe when the fireworks start popping!    Make sure your pet's ID tags and/or microchip information are updated -- pets in a crowd or startled by the sound and flash of fireworks may try to escape or break free from Read More
  • Stay Cool, Holt Pets! +

    It's time for some summertime basics:    NEVER leave your pet in the car -- even for a minute (even with the A/C running).  The temperature inside a car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes.  In less than 30 minutes, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees.  Heat Read More
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Dr. Baxter's Blog

  • 9. You Do the Hokey Pokey +

    My last two CT scans have both been negative for cancer re-growth, so I am very thankful and humbled over these good reports. I hope everyone will continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I continue my journey. My radiation colitis, which is a common side-effect from Read More
  • 8. On Cruise Control +

    I must apologize for it being almost 6 months since my last update, but the cliché that No News is Good News certainly applies. I've undergone two CT scans (May and August) since my rhubarb with the occluded stent last winter, and both tests were negative for metastasis. For this, Read More
  • 7. A Stent Pulls a Stunt +

    The Christmas and New Years Holidays were relaxing but eventful with family getting together and sharing our blessings. Then on January 3rd, I went in for a check-up and injections according to the protocol of my clinical trial. My weight was 186 pounds and all was well, especially in light Read More
  • 6. Christmas Update +

    There is no Christmas gift that can compare with another negative CT scan. This good news was received Wednesday just as my farflung children began to trickle back home in preparation for the holidays. Back in September, I finished my 6-month course of chemotherapy and promptly entered into the first Read More
  • 5. September CT Scan +

    After finishing five months of weekly chemotherapy, Karen and I returned to Houston's M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on Sept 12 for my second CT scan. The first scan in April was negative for tumors but there were a few odd anomalies noted then that needed to be rechecked to Read More
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