MD Anderson in the Bay Area
For more than 75 years, MD Anderson has provided an unparalleled level of cancer care, and with multiple locations around Houston, our experience and services extend into your neighborhood. Our patients have convenient, comfortable access to world-class cancer care in their community, close to where they live and work.
MD Anderson provides medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology services along with a range of supportive programs at all of its Greater Houston area locations.
Every member of our team is specifically trained in oncology, including physician assistants and advanced practice nurses, who work closely with our physicians and specialists to design a plan made just for you.
Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care means that you and your loved ones are a part of the team that helps decide the best course of treatment possible.
While we treat all types of cancers in Bay Area, the faculty here has particular expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of the following cancers:
- Dermatology and skin
- Head and neck
Bay Area also offers the following treatment support services:
- On-site outpatient lab services
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Cancer pain management
- Social work
- Access to clinical trials
- Clinical nutrition
- Genetic counseling
- Plastics and reconstructive surgery
- Oncology nurse navigator services
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, we’re here to help. Appointments are readily available and patients are cared for in an easily accessible location with free parking.
With many locations to choose from around Houston, cancer doesn’t stand a chance.
Aaron Allcorn thought a persistent head cold was causing his stuffy nose and snoring.
But after what was supposed to be routine nasal surgery, he learned his doctor had removed a large gray mass from his nasal passages.
Three weeks later, he got the biopsy results: his “head cold” was actually diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
“When the doctor told me I had lymphoma, I really didn’t know what that meant until he said he had already made an appointment for me to see a physician at MD Anderson in the Bay Area who had experience treating this type of cancer,” Aaron says.
Finding hope in MD Anderson
Shock turned to fear as the weight of those words began to settle in.
Aaron’s father had died of cancer at age 57, and Aaron had always
considered his dad too young.
Aaron was 46.
“I was too young to have cancer, but after I began treatment I realized I wasn’t the only one that was too young,” Aaron says.
Aaron’s mind raced with thoughts of his three kids and his wife, as he remembered losing his own father.
“But when I heard those words ‘MD Anderson,’ I truly felt some measure of comfort,” Aaron says. “I knew MD Anderson was just the best place in the world to be.”
To Aaron, MD Anderson meant more than cancer treatment. The name stood for cutting-edge research, and with that came unparalleled knowledge and resources his late father didn’t have.
He and his wife adopted famed NASA flight director Gene Kranz’s motto “failure is not an option” and resolved to fight for his life.
A team of experts brings comfort in B-cell lymphoma treatment
Aaron says his optimism was bolstered by MD Anderson’s team approach to patient care.
He had a great rapport with his oncologist, Amy Hassan, M.D., and in addition greatly appreciated the fact that she presented every medical decision as a consensus. That is, Aaron liked that Hassan discussed his case with his other MD Anderson doctors to determine the best course of action.
“That gives an extra order of magnitude to your comfort, too,” Aaron says. “This isn’t one person’s best judgment, this is a team of experts here that’s looked at just me.”
Aaron completed almost all his treatment – including six rounds of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiation therapy -- at MD Anderson in the Bay Area. He says the convenience of being treated near his home and job helped him maintain a degree of normalcy that lessened the burden on himself and his family.
“That was a blessing,” Aaron says. “Just being able to do it in my local area without having to fight traffic.”
A new outlook on life after B-cell lymphoma treatment
Aaron’s chemotherapy consisted of “R-CHOP” – a combination of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy left Aaron tired. He temporarily lost his hair, taste and appetite. But he gained perspective and a new outlook on life, for which he is grateful.
He has since moved to a position within his company that furthers medical research, enrolled in seminary and now volunteers with myCancerConnection, MD Anderson’s one-on-one support program for patients and caregivers.
“I think I am a happier person, more patient with my kids and more empathetic with others who are going through a difficult time – especially those who are battling cancer,” he says.
Helping others through cancer
Although he’d initially planned to keep his diagnosis as private as possible, Aaron soon realized sharing his experience with others might make their journeys a little easier.
“After you emerge on the other side of treatment, consider becoming a myCancerConnection volunteer yourself,” Aaron encourages. “It will bless both you and the people you are connected with.”
Request an appointment at MD Anderson online or by calling 1-877-632-6789.