Columns for The Lufkin News

Will a Coronavirus Vaccine Be the Answer?

Sep 12, 2020
The novel coronavirus has changed our lives. Just about everything we do is affected by mask-wearing and social distancing. The economy has been reeling, although you wouldn’t know it by ... continue

Coronavirus Information and Misinformation

Aug 08, 2020
As a physician, I have been fascinated by the rapid acquisition of knowledge about the novel coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes, COVID-19. True, that knowledge may not be ... continue

Pandemics and Personal Responsibility

Jul 11, 2020
We have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for many months now. What an emotional roller coaster ride it has been. Early thoughts of “flattening the curve” have not panned ... continue

Trump, Faith, and the Church

Jun 05, 2020
Note: This column was first published as a Letter to the Baptist Standard on June 3, 2020. The Lufkin News posted it on June 4, 2020, and it ... continue

Finding a New Normal with Coronavirus

May 09, 2020
We have been self-distancing through the COVID-19 pandemic for a few months now. What a wild ride it has been! Despite the number infected – over 1.25 one million – ... continue

What If We Don’t Flatten the COVID-19 Curve?

Apr 12, 2020
On April 5, 2020, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said, “The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment. It’s going to be our 9/11 moment.”[1] The same ... continue

End-of-Life Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 26, 2020
We are early in this coronavirus game of social distancing and hand washing. We haven’t quite become weary of it. We joke about it. And yet, I am starting to ... continue

DETCOG, Broadband and Health

Mar 08, 2020
Can you hear me now? That phrase, made popular by Verizon Wireless in the early 2000s, epitomizes the frustration of rural America over lack of reliable cell phone coverage. To ... continue

​An Accurate Census – Our Health Depends on It!

Feb 09, 2020
When I was a skinny, naïve teenager, I worked the summer of 1980 for the US Census Bureau going door to door, pencil in hand, filling out census forms ... continue

The Graduation Speech I Would Give

Jan 12, 2020
Facebook and YouTube are full of graduation speeches that go viral and become memes representing personal life views, political stances, or just feel good, philosophical pablum. Usually, speakers invite ... continue

Modifying Your Alzheimer’s Risk

Dec 08, 2019
One of the most feared illnesses today is Alzheimer’s disease. Aloysius Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist, first described the characteristic brain changes and associated dementia more than one hundred ... continue

How and Where People Die – Is it Good?

Nov 10, 2019
All of us, at some point, have pondered what it means to have a “good” death. A common theme is to fall asleep in one’s own bed and simply not ... continue

Vaping Dangers are Frightening

Oct 13, 2019
Over the last few months, a rapid rise of vaping related acute lung disease has come to light. Both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates ... continue

How to Lose Weight and Improve Health

Sep 08, 2019
Weight loss is always high on most people’s New Year’s resolution list. For something that is desired by so many of us, it is surprising how difficult it is to ... continue

A True Community Health Needs Assessment

Aug 11, 2019
The IRS requires charitable hospital organizations to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years and to adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified ... continue

Achieving Equitable Cancer Care Access in Texas

Jul 14, 2019
Much is known about what influences the health of a community, including individual health behaviors as well as social and economic determinants of health.[1] Health equity has been defined ... continue

​Money, Insurance, and Health: An Unfair Relationship

Jun 09, 2019
Money doesn't buy happiness, or so they say. But money can buy better health. Add one more difference between the haves and the have nots. There are many determinants of ... continue

Suicide: More Common than Ever

May 12, 2019
A Rice University classmate and friend of mine – a 57 year old woman and mother of two – committed suicide on Easter Sunday. She was going through a divorce ... continue

Dental Health is Community Health

Apr 14, 2019
We need to return to adding fluoride to our water supply. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that fluoridation of community water supplies is one of the ... continue

​Continue CPRIT Cancer Research Funding​

Mar 10, 2019
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was created in 2007 when Texas voters supported legislation setting aside $3 billion for cancer research and prevention. Since then ... continue

We Need Tobacco 21 Legislation Now

Feb 10, 2019
Who knew that candy apple, bubble gum, cherry cola, marshmallow, orange soda, s’mores, chocolate, and taffy were literally so addictive? Every one of those flavors – and thousands more ... continue

The Financial Burden of Cancer Care​

Jan 13, 2019
As a board-certified radiation oncologist, I’m trained to know all about cancer and its physical effects on people. Similarly, as a board-certified hospice and palliative care physician, I am ... continue

County Health: Where Do We Begin?

Dec 09, 2018
First, let me say that the title implies that we are not doing anything for community health, which is certainly not true. The Angelina County & Cities Health District does ... continue

A Health Problem We Can’t Ignore

Nov 11, 2018
On Thursday, the Chamber of Commerce hosted the 11th annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet, where we recognized the importance of the healthcare sector and its role in the local economy ... continue

​It Started With Kindergarten​

Oct 14, 2018
It started with kindergarten graduation. However cute this photo op may be, it is symptomatic of a much larger problem in our society. We think – no, we demand – ... continue

The True Power of Community

Sep 09, 2018
I have been reminded lately how wonderful our community of Lufkin is! I use the word community intentionally, for Lufkin is more than a city and more than just voting ... continue

There’s Something About a Sabbatical

Aug 12, 2018
As this column is printed, I will be three weeks into a four week sabbatical. Since I am writing ahead of time, I obviously can’t have predicted how it is ... continue

Fewer Women Need Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

Jul 08, 2018
Less is more. When we find examples of that in medicine, we celebrate. In oncology – at least in fields like early breast cancer, where cure rates are high – ... continue

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

Jun 10, 2018
In what has been described as a game-changing recommendation, on May 30, 2018, the American Cancer Society released a new colorectal cancer screening guideline that recommends most adults start regular ... continue

Reflections on the May 5th Election

May 13, 2018
On May 5, 2018, the citizens of Angelina County had the opportunity to participate in what is arguably the bedrock activity of our democracy: a free and fair election. This ... continue
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Dr. Sid Roberts is an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Rice University, and he received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he also completed his internship and radiation oncology residency. He is board certified in both Radiation Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has practiced in Lufkin, Texas at the Temple Cancer Center at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial since 1992. He is also a long time medical director for Hospice in the Pines.

He served on the board of Memorial Health System of East Texas (now called CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin), chaired the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce board, was President of the Angelina Arts Alliance board, was President of the St. Cyprian’s School Board, served on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and was President of the Texas Radiological Society. He served many years on the High Plains Division board of the American Cancer Society and is currently on the board of Angelina College. He is active in Lufkin's First Baptist Church, where he can often be found at the keyboards. He has written a monthly column for the Lufkin News since 2013.