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Links to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER

Advance permission to link to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER’s website(s) is not necessary. However, be aware that MD Anderson CANCER CENTER subpages may change at any time without notice. Entities and individuals linking to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER must continuously verify links to our subpages.

Entities and individuals linking to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER shall not capture MD Anderson CANCER CENTER pages within frames, present MD Anderson CANCER CENTER content as its own, or otherwise misrepresent MD Anderson CANCER CENTER content. Furthermore, they shall not misinform users about the origin or ownership of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER content. Certain information on MD Anderson CANCER CENTER may be trademarked, service-marked, or otherwise protected as intellectual property. Protected intellectual property must be used in accordance with state and federal laws and must reflect the proper ownership of the intellectual property.

Any link to the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER site should be a full forward link that passes the client browser to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER unencumbered. The "Back" button should return the visitor to original site if the visitor wishes to back out.

Links from MD Anderson CANCER CENTER

This section outlines the criteria and requirements that external websites must meet to have a link on the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER website. It also details how links are accepted and removed from the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER website.

MD Anderson CANCER CENTER reserves the right to link to external websites that it feels would provide a service or otherwise be of value to constituents.  MD Anderson CANCER CENTER cannot be responsible for the content or privacy practices used by other Web site owners.

Acceptance Criteria

MD Anderson CANCER CENTER links to federal, state, and local governments that provide information and services that benefit Texas citizens, Texas local government, and Texas state agencies. At its discretion, MD Anderson CANCER CENTER will consider link requests to non-governmental websites that contain information and/or services that further the purpose of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER, including sites of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER-contracted vendors, relevant technology-related associations and timely and relevant information technology publications.

The MD Anderson CANCER CENTER website is not a forum for public communication and debate. The criteria outlined in this section have been established to ensure that the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER website remains a non-public forum.

Every link request must undergo review to determine its relevance and appropriateness to the purpose of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER. Links are approved for MD Anderson CANCER CENTER based on the following criteria:

  1. The external website corresponds with the purpose of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER
  2. The site's content is appropriate with respect to the purpose of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER and the site is not a:
    • Site that exhibits hate, bias, discrimination, pornography, libelous or otherwise defamatory content;
    • Site that advocates or promotes the use of alcohol or tobacco;
    • Site belonging to or supporting a political affiliation; or
    • Site that furthers the agenda of a political organization or candidate running for office.

MD Anderson CANCER CENTER reserves the right to deny links if it determines that a website contains misleading or unsubstantiated claims, conflicts with the purpose of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER, or does not meet one or more of the criteria set forth above in numbered sections or set out below in the section on Conditions for Link Maintenance on MD Anderson CANCER CENTER.

Review Process

  1. Submit link requests via the web form provided below. Each link request should address how the site meets the two acceptance criteria outlined above.
  2. The link request will be reviewed against the acceptance criteria set forth above. The decision of the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER is final as to whether the requesting site may have a link from MD Anderson CANCER CENTER.
  3. Approved sites must comply with the following conditions for link maintenance and may be required to enter into a written linking agreement with MD Anderson CANCER CENTER.

Conditions for Link Maintenance on MD Anderson CANCER CENTER

To give superior customer service to citizens and businesses accessing governmental information and services through MD Anderson CANCER CENTER, we require that external websites linked from MD Anderson CANCER CENTER meet the following conditions in order to maintain a link on MD Anderson CANCER CENTER:

  1. The linked site must provide the user with access to an email address and/or a customer service telephone number so that users may contact the site if there are problems with format, accuracy, timeliness, or payment processing.
  2. Linked sites should not excessively burden the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER customer support system. If the site excessively burdens the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER customer support system, MD Anderson CANCER CENTER has discretion to take linked site off of the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER website.
  3. When the user clicks on the external website link, he/she must have easy access back to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER. One of two options can accomplish this:
    • A link to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER can be established on the external website's main page; or
    • The "Back" button returns the user to MD Anderson CANCER CENTER.
  4. Linked sites must have a privacy and security policy accessible from their home page informing the user of what information is collected, how it is collected, and how it is used. MD Anderson CANCER CENTER encourages linked sites to comply with industry-accepted accessibility standards to ensure that persons with disabilities may access these sites.
  5. Linked sites must notify MD Anderson CANCER CENTER via the web form provided below if the site to which MD Anderson CANCER CENTER links becomes inaccurate or inactive.

Removal Process

MD Anderson CANCER CENTER reserves the right to remove links if it determines that a website contains misleading or unsubstantiated claims, conflicts with the purpose of MD Anderson CANCER CENTER, or does not meet one or more of the criteria set forth above in the Acceptance Criteria section or set out above in the Conditions for Link Maintenance on MD Anderson CANCER CENTER section.

Links from MD Anderson CANCER CENTER will be reviewed regularly and may be removed for the following reasons:

  • The link no longer points to the original information or resource to which it was intended to point;
  • The website pointed to by the link contains inaccurate or misleading information or has changed such that it is no longer in compliance with the acceptance criteria;
  • The website pointed to by the link violates the conditions for link maintenance;
  • Access to the information has become difficult due to non-standard formatting, lengthy download times, or intrusive advertising;
  • The link is permanently unreachable or remains unavailable for a lengthy period; and
  • The external website fails to comply with the written linking agreement, if any.

The decision of the MD Anderson CANCER CENTER is final as to whether a link is to be removed from MD Anderson CANCER CENTER.

State Web Site Link and Privacy

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Contact Information

For questions and concerns regarding the linking policy, contact us.


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