Columns for The Lufkin News

The Role of the Hospital Ethics Committee

Jun 07, 2016
For most of my 25 years in medical practice, I have been involved in hospital ethics committees. You may not know that ethics committees exist, or that there are ... continue

Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

May 03, 2016
For more than 50 years now, we have known the dangers of smoking. That smoking causes heart disease, emphysema, and lung and other cancers is not in dispute. For ... continue

Let's Not Get Trumped

Apr 05, 2016
I am ashamed. I wrote that phrase recently on a Facebook post of two Finnish friends who are looking across the ocean with a combination of disgust and disbelief ... continue

Cancer Brings Out a Range of Emotions

Mar 01, 2016
I hate cancer. Hate is a bad word, I know. My mother always got on to me when I said I hated something or someone. We raise our children ... continue

Doctors Must Reinstill Sense of Duty

Feb 02, 2016
This article was originally published at Houston Chronicle and is reprinted here with permission from the author (me). I am a physician. Being a doctor defines me. Whether I ... continue

Social Media Diet for the New Year

Jan 05, 2016
I have resolved to start a new diet this year. Not the typical food diet, mind you – there is certainly nothing wrong with that. I am going on a ... continue

Feeding the Hungry this Holiday Season

Dec 01, 2015
Our series of articles titled Business is Everyone’s Business has focused so far on various employers, both large and small, and their economic or employment impact in the region ... continue

PineCrest has Far-reaching Economic Impact

Nov 03, 2015
Mayor Bob Brown, City Manager Keith Wright, Chamber CEO Jim Johnson and other local government and business leaders recently launched a series titled Business is Everyone’s Business. The purpose ... continue

Cattle Baron's Gala Supports Local Cancer Patients

Oct 06, 2015
I always look forward to the Pineywoods Cattle Baron's Gala. Not only do I have a good time, I know the money raised is going to a great cause - ... continue

Jimmy Carter's Cancer Revelation

Sep 01, 2015
When a current or former President of the United States has a major health problem, it is international news. And when a former president has cancer, we all take ... continue

A New Generation of Leaders

Aug 04, 2015
A new generation of leadership is emerging in Lufkin. For those of us who have volunteered for various organizations over the years, there has been a hunger to see ... continue

Doctors Are From Another Planet

Jul 07, 2015
Jupiter and Venus aligned recently in what was called a Bethlehem Star event. The next time the two planets appear this close together will be in 2023. The rarity ... continue

Doing the Right Thing, One Day at a Time

Jun 02, 2015
As I write this column, it is Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. I have been at my office several hours working on patient charts and mapping out cancer treatment ... continue

A New Era of Cancer Survivorship

May 05, 2015
We are surviving cancer in greater numbers than ever! The American Medical Association's new oncology journal, JAMA Oncology, presented encouraging statistics in their inaugural issue on how many of ... continue

New Cancer Fighting Technology in Lufkin

Apr 07, 2015
Last week, the Temple Cancer Center treated the first patients on our new Elekta Synergy linear accelerator, the first major investment of Memorial since the CHI acquisition. To say, "We ... continue

A Spoonful of Sugar

Mar 02, 2015
I don't think I'm unique in having a family that discusses medical issues at the dinner table. But in a family with a doctor, sometimes discussions – to the ... continue

Cancer is a Global Problem

Feb 03, 2015
Tomorrow is World Cancer Day. We think we have a cancer problem in the US, and we do. But other countries, especially the poorer ones, are truly suffering. Two ... continue

Recognizing Stages of Grief

Jan 06, 2015
My father recently passed away from pancreatic cancer at age 81. What a devastating disease! He lasted a mere two months. Thanks to attentive physicians and great hospice care ... continue

Living Between the Dates

Dec 02, 2014
As a cancer physician, reading obituaries is, unfortunately, part of my job description. I don't mean to be morbid about it. Not everyone who gets cancer dies from it ... continue

Tips for Success in Any Office Environment

Nov 04, 2014
My wife, Catherine, starting working for St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church as Parish Administrator about four and a half years ago. We were close to empty nesting at the time, and ... continue

One Teacher's Story of Cancer and Community Support

Oct 07, 2014
I have had the privilege over the last few months of speaking at Lions and Rotary Club lunches about cancer and the work of the American Cancer Society. My tag ... continue

Being There for Those Who Suffer

Sep 02, 2014
Two articles appeared recently in major newspapers discussing how we can be more helpful to those who are suffering. The New York Times article by David Brooks (The Art of ... continue

My Bar Code Diet

Aug 05, 2014
In December 2013, I wrote a column about my brother's heart attack and my wakeup call to lose weight. I promised to report back on my progress. I just didn't ... continue

Prostate Cancer: How Should We Treat It?

Jul 01, 2014
Prostate cancer screening and treatment may be the most divisive issue in oncology today. Oh, we argue about breast cancer, and whether or not women in their 40s should get ... continue

Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives

Jun 03, 2014
In my January column, I wrote that we have an ongoing obligation to provide non-profit care locally so that Memorial’s mission of compassion, established in 1949 by our community forefathers ... continue

The Profession of Medicine

May 06, 2014
Physicians today rarely encourage students to consider becoming a doctor. There are quicker ways to start earning a good living. (Petroleum Engineering and Investment Banking come to mind.) But ... continue

What’s Coming in Healthcare Reform in 2014?

Apr 02, 2014
My middle daughter is a graduate student in opera at Eastman School of Music. After October 1, if I go to hear her sing in an opera and get ... continue

Winning the War on Cancer

Mar 04, 2014
“I have cancer.” What is your first reaction when someone tells you that? Not the same as when you hear, “I have diabetes,” or, “I high blood pressure.” Something ... continue

A New Paradigm of Volunteerism

Feb 04, 2014
Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the annual Chamber banquet as outgoing Chair. This was my charge to the 700-plus in attendance, and my hope for ... continue

What a Hospital Should Be

Jan 07, 2014
Healthcare reform may be the most polarizing issue today. Depending on your point of view, you are either eagerly anticipating or just dreading the changes that are happening. Either ... 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.