• Any experiences with MD Anderson Cancer Centers

    Asked by earlyr on Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Any experiences with MD Anderson Cancer Centers

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    9 answers
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      RUN LIKE crazy away from them!
      I am NOT impressed with them or how they treated b/c patients. dr were over booked calls not returned... etc
      my hubbys uncle went to them for colon cancer and he was even treated badly.....
      now yet i have a friend who goes there and loves it . what area r u in? r u in Texas or r u going to be driving there?

      almost 9 years ago
    • HHWIJN's Avatar

      I was diagnosed with breast cancer a month ago and was rferred to MDA by my primary care physician who is part of another hospital system. She said this was the BEST place to be. Overall, my experience has been good. They have their system down to a science, but know that it is a system. there are so many patients and its so busy that you can feel like youre just a number at times. Their knowledge and technology is top notch though and theyve dealt with everything. Its overhwhelming to go there because there are so many processes you have to follow and so many resources to deal with that you get confused about who to go to for what. I just go go the same person each time and they direct me appropriately. I feel like im at the best place, yet i dont require a great deal of coddling or a great deal of the warm and fuzzies all of the time so the system works for me. There hsve been some very encouraging and comforting medical staffers there and there have been some who are not as warm but thats just people not necessarily the facility. They move quickly and if youre comfortably using the computer you can do everything including talking to your drs online which yields great results.

      almost 9 years ago
    • MAGNUM1's Avatar

      I have a "problem" with SOME of the television commercials, for various cancer treatment facilities. They give the impression that ONLY their treatment center, can save your life. The ads will show "testimonials" of patients who experienced miraculous results there.

      It is sad and pathetic to me, that some of these treatment centers, are so focused on making the "almighty dollar"; that they resort
      to preying on a cancer patient's emotions. When a cancer survivor/patient is HOPING for assistance/maybe a cure, they are understandably vulnerable to emotional appeals. I have cancer myself, and hoping for a cure.................but I carefully evaluate any claims that I hear/read about. It is NOT always easy, when in your heart, you are believing that a miracle will happen......

      No, I do NOT have any experience to the Center, you are referring to. The local cancer treatment center in my town, is fabulous. Yes, they have local TV ads, but never make emotional claims, that prey on people in sometimes, desperate situations.

      I apologize for my comments, as they don't directly "address",
      your question. But it prompted me to think about the misleading TV commercials.

      almost 9 years ago
    • bpositive's Avatar

      I've only known of 1 person that went to MD Anderson in TX just for consultation as referred by her gyn oncologist in SC. She was pleased. My question is "The Cancer Centers of America in several different states are not part of the MDA Hospital in TX"? I've seen the ads on TV for Cancer Centers of Amer. but not sold on them. Just hope my Dr. can keep mine maintained right here in SC. Hoping MDA is totally separate facility.

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      Cancer is big business and more and more cancer centers are poping up allover the country taking cancer centers out of hospitals
      I want to a cancer center where they only had people with cancer it was nice as i did not have to worry about the flu and other stuff in the hospitals. i highly recommend a cancer center that is not in a hospital lost of hospitals have off sit cancer centers. One of the best things to do is start talking to people and find out where they want I drove 2 hours to go to my center the ones in my town were horrible and treated people horribly and i was shocked at how unclean the infusion center was. ask to take a tour of the centers in your area. You can learn allot by people watching. at my center it was like one big family even if u didi not know a person if they saw u crying they came over and asked if u were ok. so go out and check out centers ask questions...

      almost 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      MD Anderson is NOT associated with cancer treatment centers of America CTCA Ctca is located in Goodyear(phonix) az Philly pa Zion ill Tulsa ok and sept2012 they will be in Newnan(atlanta) ga

      But there are lost of other cancer centers around research and find the one that you like

      almost 9 years ago
    • Karen4's Avatar

      I wouldn't even consider going any where else. I am lucky that I live in the Houston area and work for Baylor College of Medicine, so I've known lots of people who have gone there and I know some of the physicians and nurses who work there. I never expected to be a patient. I LOVE THEM!! I have a TEAM of people to rely on and take care of me. Within 2 weeks the nurses knew me by name when I walked into the waiting room. It took me much longer to learn who they were. Any time I have a question, I get an answer. They knew I was scared, and they took care of me. Yes, sometimes the waits are long and the constantly changing treatment plans are frustrating, but that's any where you go. I have one of the specialists in the nation on my care team and I trust them implicitly!

      almost 9 years ago
    • fulto11's Avatar

      I have a friend that has been under treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, Tx. My husband is right down the road at the Veterans Hosp. Both use Baylor doctors. Can not ask for better care. Our doctor is a professor at Baylor and gives time at the VA and MD Hospitals. I feel we are in good hands. The only thing I have to consider (if needed) is that the clinics (affiliated with MD or otherwise) and the Veterans Hosp. do not do clinical trials. If my husbands cancer goes that way...we would have to get accepted to MD Anderson for Target Therapy or Clinical Trials. I feel this is an important question to ask; when picking your treatment facility.

      almost 9 years ago
    • steve70x7's Avatar

      Their offices in Houston have been very helpful to me. I went with a different provider, but they still offer a source of information and help. One thing I know about them for sure is, they know how to get your insurance company to move!

      over 8 years ago

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