• Treatment Facility

    Asked by ticklingcancer on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Treatment Facility

    Just curious where everyone has or is receiving treatment? What do you think of your facility and Doctors? I went through Texas Oncology in Plano, Tx. I couldn't ask for a better team of Dr's.

    24 Answers from the Community

    24 answers
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      I had treatment at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. We have a large cancer center but I wanted more individual attention. I was able to go to the cancer center at my community hospital instead. Because the cancer center was part of UPMC, I knew I was getting the same advanced care that I would have at the large cancer center but be closer to home and be treated as a person, not a number. The care I received was outstanding and I still visit my infusion nurse when I go for check ups.

      about 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Pretty Awesome Carol. Texas Oncology uses colored folders. Each Dr had their own color but if you were getting blood work one day the color folder changed. If you were getting a scan, that changed the color as well. Seems a little chaotic but it worked for them. The infusions room was just a big 90 degree shaped room and the walls were lined with chairs. Zero privacy when getting chemo but my Nurse, Barbara, she really took care of me. I hated the days that I didn't have her. She took one day off and I told her she couldn't do that again until I was done with treatment. Being treated at an actual cancer center is tough at times just because of how busy it is. I just can't believe how many people have cancer. If you don't have cancer and don't really know anyone with cancer, I don't think you realize just how many people are affected by it. Thanks for sharing!!

      about 5 years ago
    • nobrand's Avatar
      nobrand

      I'm undergoing treatment at Compass Oncology in Portland, Or. It's a big operation, and there are many patients, but they strike a great balance between helping many and keeping it personal. I really like my doctor, but I had one stand-in once that I didn't much care for.

      The people there are very personable and friendly.. though I could see that I could be swept under the rug if I'm not proactive about my care. They really do have an unbelievable number of patients they see.. the infusion center is always teeming with people.

      about 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Yeah Nobrand, I know what you mean. Your treatment facility sounds just like Texas Oncology. How they keep everything in order while maintaining that personal relationship is beyond me!! But it works....

      about 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      My oncologists are also with TX Oncology in Cedar Park (MO) and next door in Round Rock (RO). Very happy with both of them and their facilities. I've never seen at hard copy medical record there. I'm sure they have some but everything they initiate is an automated system that stores and makes everything available to all medical personnel and me electironically. I't's been great to have everything at everybody's figure tips at all times and the records or searchable so hunting for things and not worries about stuff being misfiled.

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      This last time I was treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. They done the surgery, and follow me, but the radiation was done at my home town Cancer Care Center. The first two times I was treated completly at Methodist in Memphis.
      I really like Vanderbilt. In the past 24 years I have had the MISfortune of being in the hospital a few times, and a lot of these places could take lessons from the Dr's, Nurses and complete staff at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

      about 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      I have been treated mostly at Valley Medical Center, in Renton Wa. It is now associated with the University of Washington medical school. The nurses have always been great in supporting me and my wife. Since i started treatment there has been lot of construction and remodeling there. My wife and I joke that our insurance paid for the new tower. The new infusion suite has both private rooms, some with beds, and some two person rooms so you can sort of have your choice. Dr. Ingber, my Oncologist has several times referred me to doctors at other hospitals and clinics in the Seattle area always referring me to the best Doctor he can. We love the caring service we get.

      about 5 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar
      Moonflay

      I too have treatments through Texas Oncololgy. I love them. My father has had two separate cancers and both were treated through Texas Oncology in Tyler, Texas. He was cured of the lung cancer and the pacreatic cancer has been in remission now for 7 years. I am currently being treated in Mount Pleasant, Texas for DLBC-NHL at the Texas Oncology treatment center there. I love my doctor, Dr. Syed and the entire team. It's a smaller version of the Tyler location but so very personal. I have no insurance and the center and the doctor are writing my treatments off. You would never know this. They treat each patient with so much TLC! Dr. Syed has been considerate every step of the way regarding treatments and procedures and how I will be affected financially. He has helped me get back up resources for everything he can. The nurses are a joy to be around, it's just an amazing center and you can tell how much the patients care for them when you go in.

      Keep up the good fight!
      /Hug

      about 5 years ago
    • liznparadise's Avatar
      liznparadise

      I live in a smaller town (approx. 28,000) in the foothills of Northern California called Paradise. We are fortunate to have a great Cancer Center here, the Feather River Hospital Cancer Center. It is part of the Adventist Health System. I was the third patient to receive treatment on the new rapid arc radiation machine, one of only a few in California, right here in our own little town, 10 minutes from my home. The Dr.s and nurses were wonderful throughout my treatment. On the day of my last radiation treatment I was given a beautiful hand-made quilt. The ladies quilting society in Paradise donates quilts to the cancer center for patients. I felt very fortunate to have been able to stay at home and still receive the very best of care.

      about 5 years ago
    • Thanks4Mayo's Avatar
      Thanks4Mayo

      I did mine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,MN. Terrific staff and support team. I didn't want to move to Rochester for 6 weeks of radiation treatments, so I had it done at the Mayo Radiation Clinic in Northfield, MN. Not only did they provide excellent treatment, they prepared me in advance for everything that would be coming, which made the inevitable "speed bumps" in treatment much easier to deal with.

      about 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      I was treated at the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. That's a suburban branch of the Henry Ford Hospital system here in southeast Michigan. It's a lot closer to where I live and a lot easier to get to than the downtown Detroit hospitals. I couldn't be happier with the treatment I received. It is one large room, but that means that the nurses can see everyone and provide help when needed. As it happened, I really needed that help. It was also nice to have an emergency room just down the hall.

      about 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute. They are so awesome that I missed them greatly the 1st month or so after therapy. In fact, I get a little emotional when I see certain nurses. My chemo doctor is the last one who spoke in the video. <3

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ZQyxuskUI&amp;feature=share&list=UUlVs07mD1NGe05RrbkjJ02A

      And my radiologist, Dr. Brabham, he is in the same building but with Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute.

      http://www.floridaoncology.net/phy_brabham.asp

      And then, there is Dr. Bigsby. He is my oncologist. He is kind and awesome also, but there is a reason I do not enjoy my appointments with him hee hee. On photo slide on this page, he is the tallest person in the group. He is the one who confirmed the cancer. Cervical stage 2B.

      http://www.floridahospitalgyncancer.com/en

      Last but not least, Dr. Sturm. He was the only GYN that would accept me as a patient with Medicaid (share of cost). He saw right away what was causing me to bleed so much and be in such great pain. All that he found was confirmed. This, after people at the hospital (ER) said that everything was fine. Yeap. He felt very bad having to tell me that I had cancer. I want so much to see him and thank him, but when I think of it, I do the ugly cry lol..so I know I wont be able to say a word. And he would probably feel so uncomfortable lol.

      http://www.healthywomenofflorida.com/OurTeam.aspx

      Thank you Father for providing such a great medical team for this child of YOurs. I am not worthy of such love and mercy.

      http://www.floridaoncology.net/phy_brabham.asp

      about 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      I wish I could edit my last post. So here it is again lol..so sorry. This is what I posted on Facebook this morning:
      In one month, it will be 1 yr after finishing my cancer therapy and being cancer free. I cant believe it has been that long already. So, I wanted to share the key people responsible for that with you. Please, if you could, take the time to read about them in the links I have shared.

      Dr. Brabham, is my radiologist. He has a soothing manner about him, but boy was he very aggressive in killing that tumor. During the worst part of therapy, the first proced
      ure was not as painless as it should have been. You could tell that he was very sorry and concerned. From then on, I felt nothing! LoL He and the nurses always made sure that I was OK and were very attentive to my comfort and needs. I cannot say enough about Dr. Brabham and his team. God bless them in every way each and every day. xoxox

      http://www.floridaoncology.net/phy_brabham.asp

      This is my chemo doc, Dr. Ahmed Al-Hazzouri. Watch the video on this page and you will know why he is my favorite. :) Vid made me cry.

      http://www.flcancer.com/al-hazzouri

      And then, there is Dr. Bigsby. He is my oncologist. He is kind and awesome also, but there is a reason I do not enjoy my appointments with him hee hee. On photo slide on this page, he is the tallest person in the group. He is the one who confirmed the cancer. Cervical stage 2B.

      http://www.floridahospitalgyncancer.com/en

      Last but not least, Dr. Sturm. He was the only GYN that would accept me as a patient with Medicaid (share of cost). He saw right away what was causing me to bleed so much and be in such great pain. All that he found was confirmed. This, after people at the hospital (ER) said that everything was fine. Yeap. He felt very bad having to tell me that I had cancer. I want so much to see him and thank him, but when I think of it, I do the ugly cry lol..so I know I wont be able to say a word. And he would probably feel so uncomfortable lol.

      http://www.healthywomenofflorida.com/OurTeam.aspx

      Thank you Father for providing such a great medical team for this child of Yours. I am not worthy of such love and mercy.

      about 5 years ago
    • marshala1's Avatar
      marshala1

      I am going through Texas Oncology at the Baylor Sammons Center in Dallas. Everything has been great except for one snafu. After my first R-CHOP treatment last year, the doctor asked me how I tolerated the Neulasta shot. When I told him I did not receive one, he flew out of the room!! I had not been ordered a Neulasta shot! I don't know who was to blame, but since I knew about the shot because my neighbor who also has NHL told me she got them, I have to shoulder some of the responsibility. I just figured I didn't need one for some reason and didn't mention it to the doctor. Needless to say I got the Neulasta from the second treatment on!! The lesson here is don't assume anything. If you don't understand something, ask!!

      about 5 years ago
    • marshala1's Avatar
      marshala1

      I am going through Texas Oncology at the Baylor Sammons Center in Dallas. Everything has been great except for one snafu. After my first R-CHOP treatment last year, the doctor asked me how I tolerated the Neulasta shot. When I told him I did not receive one, he flew out of the room!! I had not been ordered a Neulasta shot! I don't know who was to blame, but since I knew about the shot because my neighbor who also has NHL told me she got them, I have to shoulder some of the responsibility. I just figured I didn't need one for some reason and didn't mention it to the doctor. Needless to say I got the Neulasta from the second treatment on!! The lesson here is don't assume anything. If you don't understand something, ask!!

      about 5 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar
      booboo

      I treated at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, CT. Its a great place with terrific doctors and its only 5 minutes from my house. The nurses and technicians were wonderful. I would recommend it to anybody. Danbury Hospital is affiliated with Yale-New Haven and is a teaching facility for Yale Medical School. The facility is modern and comfortable. I treated with Robert Cooper MD (medical oncology), John Spera MD (radiation oncology) and Stuart Bussell (colo-rectal cancer surgeon). I could not have asked for better care.

      about 5 years ago
    • PaulC's Avatar
      PaulC

      Fletcher Allen, VT = cut & dump

      Lung cancer, Feb '012 1/2 lung removal. Discharged after 9 very nurse supportive days and told to come back in 6 weeks--end of communications etc. After yelling, screaming and cussing for months, got assigned to Kathy who is the WHOLE team and a fantastic help in getting through cancer survival etc.

      15 minute doctor visits every 3 months for 2 years is the only other support from this hospital.

      I guess it's my fault for making the mistake of going here in the first place.

      about 5 years ago
    • turbineman's Avatar
      turbineman

      If your in Texas of anywhere in the world for that matter, you won't find a better more advanced, more competant place for treatment than MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. It is ranked Americas Best Cancer Hospital once again this year by US World News and World Report. I have Multiple Myeloma and have had three stem cell transplants there and am in my seventh year of treatment. I come here from Florida every other or third month for testing and treatment.
      They are top aces on every front!

      Hugh

      about 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Hugh, you're exactly right my firend. MD Anderson is TOP NOTCH!!! I have a friend receiving treatments for triple-negative breast cancer through MD Anderson. Best of luck to you with your treatments.

      about 5 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar
      Queen_Tatiana

      My husband's oncologist, Dr. Inbber is through University of Washington/Valley Medical Hospital and has been his oncologist since day one of his diagnosis and we couldn't ask for a anyone more perfect for Peroll. Pretty much all his care has been through Valley, except for some surgeries at Swedish Hospital in downtown Seattle. Chemo is done at Valley and he always has a private room, with a bed, to preserve and protect his privacy (as do the other patients). We love the care he is getting and know he is still with us because of the treatment and care he has been given by his medical team.

      about 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar
      packerbacker

      I am receiving my treatment at my community hospital's cancer center. The doctors are from the largest medical facility in WI. I have gotten exceptional care and just love the staff!

      about 5 years ago
    • GrantMcCauley's Avatar
      GrantMcCauley (Best Answer!)

      My diagnosis and treatment has all been at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Clara, CA. I could not ask for better. Everyone from my personal GP who found the sarcoma to the surgeon to the oncologist and every single nurse has been wonderful. They treat me like I am the most important and only person they deal with. The day I completed my radiation therapy the whole office lined up and applauded me as I left. As a an old man walking out of the facility I started crying thiking about what they had done for me. I will never forget them.

      about 5 years ago
    • Lillylung's Avatar
      Lillylung

      Had surgery, chemo and radiation all at Moffitt in Tampa, Fl. I was overwhelmed by the professionalism and concern of all that treated me. Great surgeon, love my Oncologist and Radiologist! Had 2/3 of right lung removed, recovered quite quickly. Infusion center had pull drapes around each chair so I was afforded some privacy. I've had 3 follow-up CT scans, all clear. Check in and check out are handled quickly, appointments easy to make. Staff are very accommodating when problems arise and appointments need to be cancelled or rescheduled. I also go to a support group at Moffitt. I really love the participants and leaders. The only problem I've had is with the billing department, unbelievably rude worker bee and pompous department head. Moffitt has an excellent reputation and I felt I was being given the best care possible.
      Best of luck to you. The faith you have in your team is very important to your well being.

      about 5 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar
      Crash

      I was fortunate enough to go to Emory in Atlanta. Drs. Martin York and Daniel Nixon are the best. They got me on to a trial with an MD Anderson experimental drug (Cisplatin). Teaching hospitals are where you'll find all of the cutting edge treatments.

      almost 5 years ago

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