How can I participate in the Moon Shots Program?
The Moon Shots Program consists of certain clinical trials/research for specific types of cancer. Patients need to be an existing patient at MD Anderson to participate in a moon shot clinical trial. Once you become a MD Anderson patient, your care team will talk to you about whether or not you are eligible.
Do you have cutting edge treatments?
Yes, new treatments are in the form of a clinical trial. Clinical trials are research studies in which patients may volunteer to take part. MD Anderson uses clinical trials to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Doctors use treatment trials to learn more about how to fight cancer. Learn more about clinical trials at MD Anderson.
What is multidisciplinary?
Multidisciplinary is a term used to describe a treatment planning approach or team that includes a number of doctors and other health care professionals who are experts in different specialties (disciplines). In cancer treatment, the primary disciplines are medical oncology (treatment with drugs), surgical oncology (treatment with surgery) and radiation oncology (treatment with radiation).
Can I just get a second opinion and then leave?
Yes, most of the centers at MD Anderson offer second opinions on treatment, and you don’t have to make a commitment to receive treatment through us.
Can you look at my doctor’s recommendations and tell me if you agree?
The only centers that offer a mail-in-review second opinion are the Endocrine Center and Children’s Cancer Hospital.
Most of our centers want to evaluate the patient, recent medical results, and possibly do additional testing before providing an individualized treatment opinion. Every patient’s situation is unique.
Can I get treatment locally?
It is possible for the MD Anderson doctors to write a treatment plan for you to take back to your local doctor. It just depends on if that recommended treatment plan can be delivered the same as it would be at MD Anderson.
Do I qualify for any clinical trials?
We have more than 700 current clinical trials for all types of cancer. You must be a MD Anderson patient before you are eligible to participate. Once you make your first appointment with us, you will be able to discuss clinical trial opportunities with your MD Anderson physician.
What are the standard treatments for my disease?
MD Anderson's standard treatment guidelines for many common cancers can be found on our website. However, these guidelines are not intended to replace a consultation with an MD Anderson physician. At MD Anderson, we know that no two people are exactly alike—and no two cancers are exactly alike, either. That's why each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to his or her particular needs. MD Anderson treats the whole person, taking into account medical history, lifestyle and other health issues.