After a breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, Elna Vanderwerf of Austin went eight years without a recurrence. But a year ago, she noticed she had trouble moving her eyes from side to side. The cancer was back, but this time it was in the lining of her brain.
Vanderwerf, now 63, saw doctors in Austin before traveling to the world-famous University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There, she learned she could get the treatment she needed in Austin from Dr. Morris Groves, the city’s first neuro-oncologist. He had pioneered the treatment at M.D. Anderson before becoming head of Texas Oncology’s Austin Brain Tumor Center 13 months ago.
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