Baylor Scott & White: Advancing Treatments, Increasing Hope for Those Diagnosed with Cancer

Philip Kovoor, MD is medical director of cancer care at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano

A global effort to pinpoint causes and develop treatments for cancer in the past few decades has revolutionized care. Research is bringing hope and a better quality of life for patients affected by cancer.

That important work, including the evaluation of some of the latest cancer treatment options, is happening right here in North Texas, offering patients access to advanced care close to home.

Philip Kovoor, MD, has been helping patients navigate cancer diagnoses for 18 years. He currently serves as medical director of cancer care at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, where he leads a team bringing innovative cancer treatment options to patients.

“For many years, most patients in our area had to travel to Houston or even other regions to participate in clinical trials—adding commuting and logistical challenges to a health journey that already takes a toll both physically and emotionally,” said Dr. Kovoor. “Now, for those diagnosed with cancer, there are more options than ever before, and oftentimes people have the option to receive advanced treatment closer to home.”

Expanding Access to Innovative Cancer Care

Clinical trials are focused on studying how effective new treatments are. At Baylor Scott & White – Plano, clinical trials for cancer now available are potential treatments for dozens of different types of cancer, including breast cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, bone cancer and bile duct cancer, just to name a few. By participating in clinical trials, patients often have access to potential treatments that are not yet widely available.

“Treatments we have available today are the result of decades of study in the care of cancer,” Dr. Kovoor says. “Major medical breakthroughs are only possible through continued research, and we pair that desire to advance with a commitment to applying what medical science already knows about cancer to our patients today. Our goal is to improve lives today and tomorrow.”

A collaborative approach is also important, Dr. Kovoor says. Baylor Scott & White – Plano hosts regular gatherings for its medical professionals of various disciplines to discuss patients’ cases. “Hearing a variety of perspectives allows clinicians to consider all factors as they make recommendations for a particular patient,” he says.

The team at shares a driving passion to provide personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research. “We apply this knowledge to our number-one priority: each person we care for at Baylor Scott & White – Plano. It is an honor to walk with them on their journey.”

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano

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