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For Patients

At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, we know that a diagnosis of cancer can cause anxiety and worry for the person facing the disease as well as family and friends. Our team is here to offer support, hope and help as you research your treatment options and connect with others. At the Proton Therapy Center our goal is help our patients and those considering proton therapy treatment and those undergoing treatment at our center as comfortable as possible while offering as much information as possible.

Questions?

If you are considering proton therapy for treatment of cancer and have questions, the Proton Therapy Center is available to answer questions weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time by calling toll free 1-866-632-4-PTC or 1-866-632-4782. You may also submit a question online and you will receive a response within one business day.

If you are already a Proton Therapy Center patient and need to contact the center, please call 713-563-8961.

myMDAnderson 

myMDAnderson is a secure, personalized website that helps patients take an active role in cancer care or cancer prevention, now including access to medical records information. You can also login to send secure messages to your care team at the Proton Therapy Center.

Glossary

During your appointments, your Proton Therapy Center team will thoroughly explain your treatment to you. But there may still be a lot of words associated with proton therapy and cancer treatment that you may not know. Use our handy glossary to help better understand the terminology associated with your treatment.

Support Groups

Proton Therapy Prostate Patient Group: For patients considering, undergoing or have completed proton therapy for prostate cancer and their caregivers. Call 713-563-2362 or 713-794-5926 for additional information.
When: 4th Thursday of the month, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Proton Therapy Center, 1840 Old Spanish Trail

Spine Tumor Support Group: Support and education for primary and metastatic spine tumor patients and their caregivers. For more information, call 713-563-8738.
When: 1st Wednesday of the month, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041

Support Group for Depression & Anxiety: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used to build positive thinking skills and reduce negative thought patterns.
When: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – noon
Where: Integrative Medicine Center, Mays Clinic, Floor 2, ACB2.1041

Well-Wives: For Any Woman Whose Husband Has Cancer: For female family members when the male is the cancer patient. Women only.
When: Thursdays, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International, 1600 Holcombe Blvd.

Other Resources

Child Life: The team at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center has treated more than 800 children since it opened in 2006. Our dedicated team of experts understands that children are not just “little adults.” They require experts specifically trained in dealing with the unique emotional and medical needs of children. That’s why at the Proton Therapy Center, we have a dedicated child life specialist on site to help patients and their families cope with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Social Work: Patients and their family members can often find a cancer diagnosis to be a difficult and stressful time. The Department of Social work has licensed clinical social workers to help patients, their families, and friends cope with their diagnosis and assist them with the psychological or social barriers to their treatment. 

At the Proton Therapy Center, you can contact our social workers directly or by informing your nurse or physician of your interest in their services: 

Lisa Getz
713-794-5087
Office hours: Fridays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Anne-Marie Bellows
713-563-2362
Office hours: Tuesdays 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

ProtonPals: An online support and outreach group for prostate cancer patients in the Proton Therapy Center. Connect with other prostate cancer survivors treated with proton therapy, read patient stories, sign up for a monthly e-newsletter and more.

Proton Therapy Patient/Family Beam News: Weekly meetings and information sessions for patients and their families at the Proton Therapy Center. Topics range from nutrition and wellness to understanding more about the technology behind proton therapy. Dates and times vary. Please ask your nurse or the receptionist for a schedule.  Call Jo McDonald, nurse manager, at 713-563-6943 for details.

Integrative Medicine Program: This MD Anderson program offers complementary therapies that may be used in concert with mainstream care to manage symptoms, relieve stress and enhance quality of life

The Learning CenterA patient and family library with the latest information about health, cancer and cancer prevention. The staff provides skilled, personalized service to all visitors, and can help find answers to your medical questions. On-site use of The Learning Center materials is free.

Urology Cancer Message BoardFor survivors/patients of bladder, penile, prostate, testicular, kidney and other urological cancers and their caregivers. Log on and follow the instructions to become a new user. For more information call Laura Walther, LCSW, at 713-792-0753.


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