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Education: News Briefs

Annual Report - 2005-2006

Putting it Down in Words

M. D. Anderson has a long history of educating health care professionals, helping them develop the knowledge and expertise necessary to advance cancer care.

This past year is no exception as the institution’s faculty wrote the Manual of Medical Oncology, a comprehensive guide emphasizing M. D. Anderson’s multidisciplinary care approach to the clinical management of cancer and its complications.

Spearheading development of the manual were Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., chair, and Charles Koller, M.D., professor in the Department of Leukemia, respectively; and Robert Wolff, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology.

Written exclusively by M. D. Anderson faculty and fellows — 95 contributors in total — the manual was designed to fill an important void in oncology reference material by serving as a hands-on resource for the practicing oncologist. It presents an overview of medical oncology as it’s currently practiced at M. D. Anderson.

Published by McGraw-Hill, the 1,149-page guide covers 10 disease sites and issues surrounding supportive care, palliative care and symptom management, and long-term survival.

Just Ask Us

Marking its 10th year, the M. D. Anderson Information Line took on a new identity and expanded focus in response to a growing number of people seeking information about M. D. Anderson programs, services and referral information.

askMDAnderson, as it’s known today, assists individuals in:

  • Making an appointment
  • Understanding treatment options and clinical trials
  • Navigating the Web site
  • Finding out about patient amenities
  • Accessing prevention and screening services
  • Finding accurate cancer information
  • Locating cancer resources

In addition, individuals can now receive general information about cancer and its treatment by contacting askMDAnderson. Since 1996, the service has helped 327,000 people.

To learn more, call 1-877-632-6789 or visit  

The More You Know ...

The availability of clinical trials is a key reason why patients come to M. D. Anderson.

Although individuals are increasingly sophisticated about finding information, “they always arrive with questions and issues to consider,” says Louise Villejo, executive director of the Patient Education Office.

To help patients make informed decisions about participation, a booklet explaining the basics of clinical trials and how they are conducted at M. D. Anderson was developed.

The booklet is part of a larger Institutional Clinical Trials Education Initiative. Led by the Patient Education Office, an interdisciplinary team is establishing processes to ensure consistency in clinical trials education for both patients and staff. Among their goals are to increase patient awareness of and access to clinical trials at M. D. Anderson, and to develop staff training curriculum, patient teaching guidelines and educational resources.

In addition to the booklet, they developed a clinical trials module for U.S. News & World Report’s Web site last year and are about to launch a clinical trials video.

Access the Clinical Trials booklet here

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