The department is comprised of a group of physicians, advanced practice providers, and researchers dedicated to promoting the development of oncologic emergency medicine as a distinct discipline.The department's mission focuses on the discovery and application of time-critical diagnostics, decision-making and treatments that save lives, reduction of patient disability and restoration of health among persons with cancer.
The department oversees MD Anderson's Emergency Center. Nearly 26,000 patients annually receive care in this 44-bed Emergency Center for a variety of acute oncologic emergencies. The Emergency Center provides service to approximately seventy patients per day with cancer related conditions and is an important safety net for MD Anderson patients. The Emergency Center takes great pride in treating MD Anderson patients with empathy, efficiency and expertise.