Columns for The Lufkin News

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

Angelina College: 50 Years and Going Strong

Apr 08, 2018
Angelina College opened its doors to students in the fall of 1968, a momentous year in modern history. The Smithsonian called 1968 the Year that Shattered America. North Vietnamese Communists ... continue

The Seduction of Technology

Mar 11, 2018
For Christmas, my wife gave me and my daughter an Apple TV 4K. Billed as a device to “watch select shows and movies in stunning 4K HDR,” this tiny little ... continue

The Importance of Spirituality in Healing

Feb 11, 2018
Spirituality has gotten a bad rap. This is understandable, given the watering down of and movement away from organized religion in the late 20th century through today. The use ... continue

The Anti-Vaccination Movement is Fake – and Dangerous – News

Jan 14, 2018
Most vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood are at or near record lows. Vaccines prevent the deaths of about 2.5 million children worldwide every year. Yet some highly contagious diseases like measles ... continue

The Truth about Big Tobacco

Dec 10, 2017
There was some big, big news recently that you probably haven’t heard. After years of legal wrangling, the tobacco industry has not only been found guilty of fraud, conspiracy, and ... continue

Why I Shout about Being a Cancer Doctor

Nov 12, 2017
A prestigious oncology journal recently published an opinion piece titled, “Why I Keep Quiet about Being a Cancer Doctor.” I was depressed after reading it, because the author self-identified as ... continue

Palliative Care: Something We All Want

Oct 08, 2017
As a hospice physician – in addition to my role as a doctor who treats cancer – much of my focus is on comfort care. Part of my motivation to ... continue

The Demise of Polite Conversation

Sep 10, 2017
When did the art of pleasant conversation and open dialogue end? Every national new item – it seems – sparks vitriol that demands an alignment in one political camp or ... continue

Moving the Needle on Health in Angelina County

Aug 13, 2017
Back in January, I wrote about the abysmal county health rankings in Deep East Texas and the fact that Angelina County has been named the county with the highest obesity ... continue

The Crockett Hospital’s Painful Demise

Jul 09, 2017
June 30, 2017 was a sad day for Crockett, Texas, our neighbor just 47 miles to the west. Little River Healthcare ended its management affiliation with the Houston County Hospital ... 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.