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Patient Education Office

the learning center

The Patient Education Office collaborates with clinical staff to provide cancer patients, caregivers and the general public with accurate, reliable information to help them make intelligent decisions about cancer care. Services include patient education materials, classes, videos and computer-based learning. 

  • For more information on Patient Education services, call 713-792-7128.

Patient Education Online

The Patient Education Office maintains a large database of documents for patients, caregivers and health professionals. Topics include information about cancer types, diagnostic tests, treatment procedures and more.

To view a list of printable patient education materials in PDF format, visit Patient Education Online.


Patient education classes provide patients with information, skills and coping mechanisms to better care for themselves and make informed decisions. Family members or caregivers are welcome to attend. Classes do not meet on institutional holidays.

For information about classes in the Main Building, call The Learning Center at 713-745-8063.
For information about classes in the Mays Clinic, call The Learning Center at 713-563-8010.

New Patient/Family Orientation

This class teaches patients and family members more about MD Anderson's programs and services, including information about clinical trials and myMDAnderson. Classes are held:

English - Monday through Wednesday, 2-3 p.m., Main Building, Floor 4, near Elevator A, R4.1121 (next to The Learning Center).

Chinese - Wednesday, 9-10 a.m., Main Building, Floor 4, near Elevator A, R4.1121 (next to The Learning Center).


Questions About Treatment Side Effects? Ask the Expert

This class teaches patients and family members how to manage side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Fatigue, pain and nutrition information is also provided.

When: Mondays, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Main Building: Floor 4, near Elevator A, next to The Learning Center in room R4.1121.

Central Venous Catheter (CVC) Care

This class helps patients and family members remember the CVC instructions they received from their health care team.

When: Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Where: Main Building, Floor 8, near Elevator C, Room R8.2192 (Infusion Therapy Classroom)

Implanted Venous Port

Learn about the benefits and risks of implanted ports. A nurse is available to answer questions. Registration is strongly encouraged. Please call 713-563-7678 to schedule an appointment.

When: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Where: Mays Clinic, Floor 8, near Elevator U, Room ACB8.2400 (Infusion Therapy Classroom)

Caregivers: I’ve Got Feelings, Too!

Support for those who care for someone with cancer. For more information, call 713-794-4700.

When: Thursdays, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Mays Clinic, Integrative Medicine Center, call for classroom location.

Cancer-related Fatigue

When: first Thursdays, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Main Building: Floor 4, near Elevator A, Room R4.1121.

Bowel Management

When: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Where: Main Building: Floor 4, near Elevator A, next to The Learning Center in room R4.1121.

When: second and fourth Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Mays Clinic, Floor 2, near the Tree Sculpture, Room ACB2.1049


Cancer care and support information is available on public-access computers in the following clinic areas:

Main Building

  • Diagnostic Imaging C, and D
  • Radiation Treatment Center lobby

Mays Clinic

  • Gynecologic Oncology Center

Guide to Managing Your Chemotherapy Treatment: This self-paced, interactive program uses audio and video clips, animation and touch-screen action to describe chemotherapy, how it works, how it is administered, and what resources are available during treatment. Kiosks are located in the Ambulatory Treatment Center Chair Unit (Main Building, Floor 6, near Elevator E), and the ATC R10 clinic (Main Building, Floor 10). Get Directions


MDA-TV offers "on-demand" patient education videos in inpatient rooms and The Learning Center. Ask for a Patient Education Guide for more information. Some of the videos can also be checked out from The Learning Center.

Special Resource

Get a Free Organizer

For patients and caregivers, keeping track of health information can be hard to do. To help you organize important papers, the American Cancer Society has developed a kit called the Personal Health Manager. The plastic expandable folder has dividers to help you file appointments, prescriptions, test results, health information and questions. Stop by The Learning Center to pick up your free kit today (limit one per patient).

Online Services

Take advantage of our online services, including myMDAnderson, the personalized site that helps you manage your cancer treatment:

  • Appointment schedules
  • Secure messaging with your care team
  • Patient education, billing, and more

Go to myMDAnderson

Find Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test new cancer drugs, diagnostic procedures and therapies on humans.

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