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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
877.MDA.6789 (General Information)
800.392.1611 or 713.792.6161 (New Patient Referral Office)

www.mdanderson.org

Adult Oncology Services

The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research, and prevention, as well as through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees, and the public.

Patient Care: MD Anderson pioneered the multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer by providing cancer care in the form of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or combinations of these and other treatments.

· Research: Important scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated to clinical care. MD Anderson invested more than $510 million in research in Fiscal Year 2009, and ranks first in the number of research grants awarded and total amount of grant funds given by the National Cancer Institute.

· Prevention: Recognizing that prevention is the best way to eliminate the threat of cancer, MD Anderson takes a multifaceted approach through expanding research, clinical and educational activities.

· Education: More than 6,300 trainees take part annually in educational programs for physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals.

MD Anderson is one of the nation's original three Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers today. MD Anderson has ranked among the nation's top two cancer hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's " America 's Best Hospitals" survey since the survey's inception in 1990, ranking number one six times in the past eight years.

General Information

General Information and New Patient Referrals

877.MDA.6789

Office of Physician Relations

Physician Access Center

Dedicated clinical personnel can assist physicians and their staff with referrals, clinical trial inquiries and access to additional institutional services.

Phone: 800-392-1611 (option 1)

International calls: 1-713-792-2202

Fax: 713-794-4685

E-mail: physicianrelations@mdanderson.org

Guide for Referring Physicians

The online guide contains more than 800 searchable faculty profiles, downloadable forms, physician education resources, information about clinical trials, and additional services for physicians including online referral submission and secure access to patient medical records. www.physicianrelations.org.

Location

Houston, Texas

Facilities

With faculty and staff working in more than 30 buildings in the greater Houston area and in central Texas, MD Anderson is the largest freestanding cancer center in the world. The physical plant covers more than 11 million square feet. In addition to its main campus in the Texas Medical Center and two research campuses in Bastrop County, Texas, MD Anderson has developed a number of regional, national and international affiliations.

Patients receive advanced care in a relaxed environment that doesn't feel like a hospital. The goal is to provide easy access to patient services in a cheerful, uplifting atmosphere in the hope of making cancer treatment less stressful so patients can focus all their energies on recovery.

Travel Assistance

MD Anderson has negotiated discounts with airlines, hotels, and ground transportation agencies for patients and their caregivers. Additionally, a full-service, on-site travel agency provides patients with access to these discounts. Patient Travel Services can be reached at 888.848.9992.

Also, MD Anderson is proud to be a partner with volunteer air transportation organizations and some commercial airlines that assist with providing free air transportation to medical patients. For more information and help in accessing these resources, call the Department of Social Work at 713.792.6195.

Lodging

Various types of lodging are available to MD Anderson patients and families.

Apartments-Patients who find they need long-term housing options can choose various furnished and unfurnished apartments in the Texas Medical Center (TMC).

Rotary House-The Rotary House International patient hotel is an MD Anderson-owned, Marriott-managed, full-service hotel conveniently located across the street from the Main Building and linked by an overhead walkway. Some rooms are equipped with refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwave ovens (must be requested at the time of reservation).

Hotels-The Texas Medical Center has several nearby hotels and motels, many of which provide discounts to MD Anderson patients.

Hostels-There is a hostel located near the TMC that is open at various times throughout the year.

RV/Trailer Parks -There are RV/Trailer Parks located near the TMC that are readily accessible to MD Anderson patients.

Patient Travel Services can advise and assist in booking lodging and may be reached at 888.848.9992.

Additional housing options from churches and community organizations may be available. Contact the Department of Social Work, 713.792.6195, for help in accessing these resources

Treatment

Multidisciplinary Teams
Clinicians in all oncologic and supporting specialties work together to plan and implement multimodality therapies. Most patients meet with their treatment team members and receive their ambulatory care in one location. The multidisciplinary care center concept was a driving force in the architectural design of the MD Anderson complex.

Multidisciplinary care centers incorporate physical locations and organizational concepts, which were created to provide patient care services for a particular disease site. This organization greatly reduces the time needed for initial evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning, and increases convenience for patients.

MD Anderson has 26 multidisciplinary care centers that provide integrated cancer care.

Disease Center

Phone

Ambulatory Treatment Center

713.745.4516

Stem Cell Transplantation Center

713.745.6969

Brain and Spine Center

713.792.7728

Nellie B. Connally Breast Center

713.792.4124

Julie and Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Center

713.792.2702

Cancer Prevention Center

800.438.6434

Cardiopulmonary Center

713.792.4015

The Children's Cancer Hospital

888.543.2435

Diagnostic Imaging

713.792.6120

Endocrine Center

713.563.7600

Eye Clinic

713.792.6523

Gastrointestinal Center

713.792.4796

Genitourinary Center

713.745.7020

Gynecologic Oncology Center

713.792.8340

Head and Neck Center

713.745.5146

International Cancer Assessment Center

713.745.0450

Internal Medicine Center

713.563.4400

Leukemia Center

713.563.2000

Lymphoma and Myeloma Center

713.745.5640

Melanoma and Skin Center

713.563.9716

Orthopedic Center

713.792.6235

Pain Management Center

713.792.6070

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

713.792.3100

Plastic Surgery Center

713.792.5291

Proton Therapy Center

866.632.4782

Radiation Treatment Center

713.792.3440

Sarcoma Center

713.563.9701

Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Center

713.745.6969

Supportive Care Center

713.792.6072

Thoracic Center

713.745.5353

Complementary/Integrative Medicine

The goals of MD Anderson's Complementary and Integrative Medicine service are:

to discover CAM approaches used by patients

to distinguish among harmful treatments, beneficial treatments, and treatments that can be safely integrated with conventional treatment

to encourage communication between patients and providers

to educate patients and health care providers with current and accurate information

to promote ongoing professional growth through networking in a setting where complementary medicine and conventional cancer treatments can be examined together

Place...of wellness

More than 75 complementary therapy programs work in concert with mainstream care to manage cancer-related symptoms, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. Most programs are free and do not require referral, except acupuncture and full body massage, which are provided for a nominal fee and require physician referral. Place ... of wellness is open to anyone touched by cancer, their family members, and caregivers, whether or not they were treated at MD Anderson. For more information about Place of wellness, call 713.794.4700.

Education

Touch Therapy for Caregivers, Family, Friends, and Loved Ones

"Chemobrain" - Is it Real?

Weight Management Class

Reiki, Healing Touch for Self & Others

Guest Chef, Nutrition Classes, Herbal Lecture Series

P.I.K.N.I.C. weekly educational forum

The Learning Center

Living Fully With Cancer - an annual conference that draws patients and caregivers worldwide

Expressive Arts

Journaling: The Healing Power of Story

Celebration Singers: Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Choir and Support Group

Songwriting Workshop: Music Therapy

Meditation & Spirituality

Centering Prayer, Inner Joy, The Art of Living, The Road Less Traveled: Cancer Path and Spiritual Journey, Tibetan Meditation

Movement

Awareness Through Movement, Pilates, Chi Kung (Qigong), Tai Chi, Yoga (Hatha and Kundalini), Body Energizer

Relaxation & Stress Management

Aromatherapy & Self-Massage, Brief Relaxation Massages, Guided Imagery for Healing, Relaxation Exercise, Fatigue & Self-Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis for Relaxation, Stress Management Techniques

Acupuncture & Massage

Place of wellness. For details or for an appointment, call 713.794.4700.

Late Effects and Survivorship

MD Anderson is developing survivorship as a specialized field of cancer care. Providing the framework for the survivorship effort is MD Anderson’s multidisciplinary, patient-centered care model in which every patient benefits from a diverse team of specialists. The Survivorship Program is designed to address the outcomes of cancer and to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life through integrated programming in patient care, research, prevention and education. Survivorship clinics follow disease-specific practice algorithms that guide survivors’ care in the following domains:

  • Cancer surveillance
  • Late effects/side effects monitoring and management
  • Cancer risk reduction assessment and screening for second cancers
  • Psychosocial needs assessment and referral

An individualized and comprehensive care summary, Passport Plan for Health, is created and reviewed with each survivor to clearly communicate diagnosis and treatment, including a follow-up plan of care. Currently, there are clinics for survivors of breast, gynecologic, thyroid and head and neck cancers, stem cell transplantation and childhood cancers.

Childhood Cancer Survivors Clinic

This clinic helps childhood cancer survivors overcome physical, psychological, and developmental problems that may result from cancer or its treatments. It helps anyone who was diagnosed with cancer before the age of 18 and has been out of treatment and cancer-free for at least three years, regardless of the person's current age. For more information, call the Pediatric Patient Access Center at 713.792.6617.

Medical Clinic for Cancer Survivors

Provides care for survivors of adult and childhood malignancies. We collaborate with your primary care physician to implement most follow-up procedures or interventions. For more information, call askMDAnderson at 877-MDA-6789 or 713.563.4400.

Life After Cancer Care

A medical program focusing on potential health problems that may arise from cancer or its treatments. Specialists can anticipate, recognize, and manage these effects, collaborating with you and your primary care physician. Researchers are examining data from our cancer survivor survey of more than 8,000 patients to help build a better understanding of the unique health needs and health profiles of cancer survivors. For more information, call askMDAnderson at 877.MDA.6789.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic

This clinic is focused on the ongoing health and well-being of MD Anderson patients who are breast cancer survivors - not just through regular breast cancer screening, but by proactively addressing their medical and psychosocial needs in areas such as osteoporosis, lymphedema and sexuality. For more information, call askMDAnderson at 877.MDA.6789

Gynecologic Oncology Cancer Survivors Clinic

The clinic focuses on ongoing health and well-being for gynecologic oncology patients who have completed cancer treatment at MD Anderson. In addition to monitoring for signs of cancer recurrence, survivor care includes the identification, prevention, and control of side effects associated with cancer and its treatment. For more information, call the Survivorship Program at 713.745.8720.

Thyroid Cancer Survivors Clinic

The clinic focuses on ongoing health and well-being for thyroid cancer patients who have completed cancer treatment at MD Anderson. In addition to monitoring for signs of cancer recurrence, survivor care includes the identification, prevention, and control of side effects associated with cancer and its treatment. For more information, call the Survivorship Program at 713.745.8720.

Cardiovascular Prevention in Cancer Survivors Clinic

The clinic focuses on the heart health of patients who have completed cancer treatment at MD Anderson. Care includes risk assessment, early detection and treatment of cardiovascular effects following cancer treatment. For more information, call the Survivorship Program at 713.745.8720.

Cancer Prevention and Screening

Expanded research efforts in epidemiology and behavioral sciences complement achievements made in the clinical cancer prevention arena. Laboratory activities support developmental and practical applications of cancer prevention. A new research program is focusing attention on health disparities in prevention and care among ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations. The Cancer Prevention Center provides comprehensive cancer screening services, including cancer risk assessment, screening exams based on cancer risk, age and gender, personalized risk-reduction strategies, genetic testing, chemoprevention, tobacco cessation, and nutrition counseling.

Cancer Prevention Center

To determine which services are best for you, call 800.438.6434. Services include:

Comprehensive cancer screening

Site-specific cancer screening

Risk assessment and risk reduction counseling

Genetic testing and risk counseling

Chemoprevention

Nutrition counseling

Tobacco cessation counseling

Diagnostic evaluation services

Undiagnosed Breast Evaluation Clinic: comprehensive clinical and diagnostic evaluation of breast abnormalities, including a lump or other breast changes

Undiagnosed Dermatology Clinic: diagnostic evaluation of skin abnormalities, including a change in a mole or freckle or other skin changes

Tobacco Cessation

For MD Anderson patients, free comprehensive medical treatment for tobacco cessation is offered to those patients who smoke or have recently quit. For more information, call 713.792.QUIT.

For smokers who are not receiving cancer care at MD Anderson, there are numerous tobacco-cessation studies available that provide free treatment. Call the Tobacco Research and Treatment Program at 713.792.2265.

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Held on alternating Tuesdays at MD Anderson beginning at 7:30 a.m. for uninsured men ages 50-70. Call 713.792.8924 for an appointment. In addition, a mobile prostate screening van provides free prostate cancer screenings in underserved areas in Houston. For locations, call 713.794.4572.

Support Services

Psychological Counseling

People affected by cancer often find this to be a trying time both emotionally and financially. The Department of Social Work has master’s level licensed clinical social workers available to support and counsel patients and their families through a range of highly distressful situations and concerns. Skilled and professionally trained in counseling, clinical social workers provide short-term counseling free of charge. Individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, advance care planning, special programs (e.g., loss and grief, bereavement, relaxation) and help with resources (e.g., lodging, financial support programs, advance directives) are available. Call 713.792.6195 for information.

Psychiatry

MD Anderson's Psychiatry Service helps patients deal with depression, sleep problems, anxiety, personality changes, problems with memory, family issues, and more. Behavioral techniques include counseling, relaxation and guided imagery, management of pre-existing emotional problems, and medication management for emotional problems.

Counseling

Skilled and professionally trained in counseling, clinical social workers provide short-term counseling free of charge. Individual and family counseling, special programs (e.g., bereavement, relaxation), and help with resources (e.g., lodging, financial support programs) are available.

Support Groups

Breast Cancer Support Group

Cancer Patients and Families

Caregivers: "I've Got Feelings, Too"

CLIMB: Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery

Circle of Hope Bereavement Support Group

Endometrial Cancer Support Group

Genitourinary Lunch and Learn

Houston Area Brain Tumor Network

Lung Cancer Network

Melanoma Patient and Caregivers Support Group

Men Only

Ovarian Cancer Support Group

Pediatric Parents' Support Group

Protective Environment Education Support Group

Sarcoma Discussion Group

Spine Tumor Support Group

Stem Cell Transplant Caregivers Support Group

Well Wives: For Any Woman Whose Husband Has Cancer

Supportive Care

Supportive Care Center

The Supportive Care Center , staffed by physicians in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, conducts interdisciplinary assessment and management of physical and psychosocial symptoms related to cancer and its treatment. Referrals are accepted at the point of diagnosis and at disease stage.

The Supportive Care Mobile Team conducts assessment and management of all symptoms related to cancer and its treatment in all inpatient areas of MD Anderson. Pager: 713.404.1275.

The Acute Palliative Care Inpatient Unit admits patients with severe symptom distress for stabilization and planning of community-based care or outpatient follow-up. Phone: 713.792.5650.

Rehabilitation Service

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services represents the largest cancer rehab program in the nation. This comprises occupational and physical therapy services, in both an outpatient and inpatient setting. Teams work together to access and manage complex rehabilitation impairments ranging from the physical to the cognitive. Phone: 713.792.3192.

Complementary and Integrative Medicine

The goals of MD Anderson’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine service are to:

  • Discover complementary and integrative medicine approaches used by patients
  • Distinguish among harmful treatments, beneficial treatments, and treatments that can be safely integrated with conventional treatment
  • Encourage communication between patients and providers
  • Educate patients and health care providers with current and accurate information
  • Promote ongoing professional growth through networking in a setting where complementary medicine and conventional cancer treatments can be examined together.


Place ... of wellness
More than 75 complementary therapy program opportunities work in concert with mainstream care to manage cancer-related symptoms, relieve stress, and enhance quality of life. Most programs are free and do not require referral, except acupuncture and full body massage, which are provided for a nominal fee and require physician referral. Place ... of wellness is open to anyone touched by cancer, their family members, and caregivers, whether or not they were treated at MD Anderson. For massage and acupuncture appointments and more information about Place … of wellness, call 713.794.4700.

Education

  • "Chemobrain" — Is It Real?: Cancer patients often experience cognitive impairments from a combination of factors: the cancer itself, treatment side effects, other medications and medical complications. These changes can reveal themselves as memory loss, lack of sustained attention, etc. Learn ways to address these effects.
  • Finding Reliable Information: Introduces resources that help when researching supplements or therapies that may help manage side effects. Patients learn how to navigate websites, how to evaluate natural products for quality and safety and, most importantly, how to discuss complementary and integrative medicine with their doctors.
  • Nutrition Lectures: Help patients deal with side effects and/or simply maintain their health. Dieticians talk about cancer and treatment effects on the body’s natural ability to absorb nutrients from food. Learn about the special nutritional needs for cancer patients, information on organic foods and more.


Expressive Arts

  • Classes include Beading, Chinese Ink Art and Mosaic Mania.
  • Experiencing Music Therapy: A fun workshop for anyone wanting to express feelings or thoughts through music, meditation and prayer.
  • The Celebration Singers: A choir of cancer survivors or caregivers who enjoy singing. The group’s purpose is to make beautiful music, have fun and provide inspiration to the newly diagnosed and the long-term survivor.


Movement

  • Tai Chi: A soft and gentle exercise of the mind and body through mindful awareness and continuous, fluid movement.
  • Yoga (Hatha): A class that teaches the postures, breathing exercises and meditation of yoga.
  • NIA — Body Energizer: This restorative movement class incorporates techniques from yoga, Tai Chi and NIA dance (play). The movements are easy to follow and inspired by a relaxing musical beat.
  • Pilates: Learn and practice a series of exercises in deep muscle strengthening that improve skeletal alignment and overall flexibility.


Stress Management

  • Self-Hypnosis for Relaxation: A class to regain the ability to relax, reduce adverse symptoms from treatment and enhance the overall quality of life.
  • Stress Management Techniques: A class to learn relaxation procedures, diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery.
  • Laughter Yoga: Fills lungs and body with oxygen, exercising the lungs. Participants report reduction in stress, blood pressure, depression and more. It is a blend of yogic deep breathing, stretching and simulated laughter exercises.
  • Aromatherapy and Self-Massage: Helps patients experience essential oils, which have possible therapeutic uses. Participants take home a comprehensive guide to creating their own aroma blend. Samples are available during the class.
  • Qigong: This ancient Chinese system of self-care uses meditation, breathing exercises and gentle movements to promote deep relaxation, stress reduction and energy balance.
  • Tibetan Meditation — Connect With the Heart: Participants learn to connect the mind and the breath in a good balance of relaxation to bring peace and a release of tension.
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Bringing kind, gentle attention to present moment experiences is the essence of mindfulness. Participants learn stress-relieving techniques to help them live life more fully and peacefully, and handle its challenges with effectiveness and compassion.

 

Nutrition Service

Department of Clinical Nutrition

Provides comprehensive nutrition care for patients and cancer-related nutrition education for professionals and the public. Registered, licensed dietitians and dietetic specialists work with MD Anderson's medical team to plan and implement nutritional intervention Based on individualized needs.

Services include assessment, counseling, and intervention related to nutrition status prior to and during therapy; management of nutrition-related side effects of treatment; management of specialized feeding regimens like enternal tube feedings and parenteral nutrition support; counseling related to integrative nutrition therapies; nutrition conseling for survivorship and cancer risk reduction; nutrition education for patients, families, caregivers, and the general public; and presentations on nutrition and cancer for other healthcare professionals at MD Anderson, professional organizations, universities, and in the community.

Cancer Prevention Center Nutrition Counseling

A nutrition assessment with personalized counseling for cancer risk reduction is available for the general public. Call 713.745.8040.

Cooperative Group Membership

Cooperative Group Membership List:

National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project

Southwest Oncology Group

Gynecologic Oncology Group

Radiation Therapy Oncology Group

Children's Oncology Group

American College of Surgeons Oncology Group

Average Number of Adult Clinical Trials:

1,000

 

Clinical and Research Efforts

Clinical Trials

MD Anderson is a leader in pioneering targeted therapies and developing new drugs to treat cancer. More than 11,000 patients per year participate in therapeutic clinical research exploring novel treatments, the largest such program in the nation. MD Anderson is nationally known for translational research, taking knowledge from the lab to the patient bedside.

Investigators are examining genetic, cellular, and novel combination therapies, as well as conducting epidemiologic, behavioral science, quality of life, and complementary medicine research.

Clinical Trials in Integrative Oncology

Researchers are investigating how complementary approaches can affect cancer care and quality of life. About a dozen studies currently are under way.

Research

At MD Anderson, important scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated into clinical care. In Fiscal Year 2009, the institution spent more than $510 million in research, an increase of about 49 percent in the previous five years.

MD Anderson ranks first for the number of grants awarded and total amount of grants given by the National Cancer Institute. MD Anderson holds 12 National Cancer Institute Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants: brain, breast, genitourinary, head and neck, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and uterine cancers. The research program is considered one of the most productive efforts in the world aimed solely at cancer.