For almost 80 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.
West Houston Cancer Care
Patients in Katy, Memorial, Spring Branch and the surrounding Energy Corridor have convenient access to top-ranked, comprehensive cancer care at MD Anderson West Houston. Here, patients will find convenient and comprehensive multidisciplinary care, from screenings to survivorship and everything in between.
While we treat all types of cancers in West Houston, the faculty here has particular expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of the following cancers:
- Dermatology and skin
- Head and neck
West Houston 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. Use this checklist to get tips for what to bring to your appointment.
With many locations to choose from around Houston, cancer doesn’t stand a chance.
I knew that I wanted to be a nurse pretty early on. My grandmother was diagnosed with colorectal cancer when I was in the eighth grade, and I watched as her nurses went about their duties. I thought they had a great job, and I wanted that for myself one day.
I fulfilled the first part of my dream by earning a nursing degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. I fulfilled the second part when I joined MD Anderson in 2017. Now, I work with patients in the post-anesthesia care unit at MD Anderson West Houston. My job is to make sure they’re stable after surgery or diagnostic procedures so they can go home. I really enjoy it.
Nurses are a special breed, in that we feel driven to take care of people. But there’s more to nursing than just that aspect of it. Nurses have a lot of qualities other than compassion that make our patients feel safe and cared for. Here are three that I’ve noticed in my colleagues at MD Anderson.
1. We keep our word
Some of my patients don’t have anyone who can stay with them while they’re receiving cancer treatment. And when you’re alone in that hospital room and all you have is the nurse to provide you with both care and information, you want someone who’s responsive and does what they say they’re going to do.
So if I tell someone I’ll come back in an hour, then I come back in an hour. And sometimes, after completing my rounds, I’ll take off my gloves and just hold someone’s hand for a few minutes, so they don’t feel quite so alone.
2. We are experts
Nursing is such a huge field that people can go into any area they want. And medicine is so vast that it’s impossible to know everything.
But specializing in one area and developing your craft is good for patients. Because when they notice my confidence in handling a tracheostomy tube, for instance, or see that I can communicate with them effectively about a particular treatment or side effect, it eases their minds. And that gives them more confidence — both in me and in MD Anderson.
3. We stay positive
Cancer is the worst thing that has ever happened to many of my patients. So, I try to keep that in mind as I care for them and imagine myself in their situation. Mostly, I just try to treat them the way I’d want to be treated. That always brings out my best.
I never cease to be inspired by my patients. So many of them are going through really hard things, but sometimes, they’re even happier than I am. Almost daily, I hear, “I’m just happy to be here.” And attitude makes a big difference. So, when I leave work, I count my blessings. And feel grateful to be a part of Making Cancer History®.
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