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Enhance patient experience, build networks

Annual Report - Annual Report - Winter 2014

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For most people with cancer, it’s the toughest fight of their lives.
MD Anderson is committed to doing everything possible to make the experience easier. From providing multiple therapeutic options and making treatment more convenient, to simply having a friendly face there to offer a smile and a cup of coffee, reducing stress and improving quality of life are important to overcoming the disease.


Karen Chen, M.D.
Photographer: Wyatt McSpadden

“The Nocturnal Program has reduced the number of night calls to physicians at home by at least half, possibly more.”

— Karen Chen, M.D.

The Nocturnal Program: Care, uninterrupted

In the still of the night, MD Anderson traffic slows, hallways hush and quiet sets in. But when it comes to the critical needs of patients in the hospital, there’s no downtime.

Nights are a good fit for Day

When Lakeisha Day sees a patient in the wee hours, she knows she needs to make the most of their time together.

Acts of kindness are completely voluntary

They’re known as the heart of MD Anderson. The 1,200 volunteers in blue jackets are true warriors in the battle to eliminate cancer.

Getting a lot out of giving

When Gloria Ayala was greeted with a big hug from a young patient’s mother, she realized the experience was what being an MD Anderson volunteer was all about.

A convenient truth

Less than a year after a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, Sonia Byrd competed in her first bodybuilding competition, earning second place.

Nowhere to hide

It’s easy to see, pardon the pun, why urologists and gynecologic surgeons would be excited by the promise of medical fluorescence.

Team is the heart of the Head and Neck Center

Working together to treat cancer while preserving form, function and our patients’ quality of life.

Free of cancer and full of thanks

Charles Stiefel says he owes his life to the physicians and staff at MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center.

Areas of expertise

Our growing network of hospitals expands opportunities to end a global crisis.

Navigating MD Anderson? There’s an app for that

MD Anderson’s mobile application will make life easier for patients, caregivers and others visiting the institution’s Texas Medical Center campus.

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