Meet Dr. Ann Spangler
Breast Cancer Radiation Oncologist in Dallas
With an array of therapies available to treat her patients, breast cancer radiation oncologist Ann Spangler, M.D., is an expert at assessing which options will best help her patients beat their disease.
For example, she offers whole-breast external beam radiation, the most common form of radiation for breast cancer patients, using a linear accelerator. When appropriate, she can provide partial-breast irradiation with the Cyberknife, a noninvasive robotic radiosurgery system.
Beyond providing her technical expertise, Dr. Spangler also listens to her patients and gets to know them as individuals.
“I see my patients as more than breast cancer patients,” she says. “They are people, and I treat them like people. I sit down and talk with them and try to understand them, in addition to making sure they receive state-of-the-art care.”
Breast cancer care at UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center involves a team approach. Dr. Spangler works with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, and specialized nurses, as well as others on the team who are available when needed, including psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and social workers.
“I work with this team to evaluate the details for each patient, make a recommendation, and explain all the options for treatment,” she says. “But I never forget that the patient is also a significant player on the team.”
Working at an academic medical center and NCI-designated cancer center helps Dr. Spangler stay informed about the latest treatments for breast cancer patients. She also can offer her patients access to groundbreaking clinical trials, including one that involves Cyberknife treatment for early stage breast cancer.
When she’s not caring for patients, Dr. Spangler is passionate about her involvement with educating the next generation of radiation oncologists. She was director of UT Southwestern’s radiation oncology residency program for seven years and recently joined the residency review committee for radiation oncology for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.