Univ Of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center

Univ Of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center

Founded:
1941
Univ Of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center
Founded:
1941

Jul 31, 11:08 AM

After a doctor told Robin Odle shed need an invasive surgery to get rid of a mass in her colon, she was just about ready to give up. She came to MD Anderson to seek a second opinion from Dr. Gottumukkala Raju. During my initial visit with Dr. Raju, I told him that if he couldnt do the endoscopic mucosal resection, then I wouldnt go forward with treatment, that I would accept death, she says. Robin wasnt eligible for an endoscopic mucosal resection with Dr. Raju, but he convinced her to continue to seek treatment for her disease. He told me immediately, You cant let this go. You have to do this, you have to do this. I told him I really didnt have a support network, and he said, People will show up. He was so certain, he wouldnt take no for an answer. He wouldnt allow me to just accept that this would be the end of my life, she says. There was such passion, kindness and spirituality within him. When someone wanted me to live that badly, how could I dare not trust him and move forward with my life? Robin ended up undergoing a three-hour minimally invasive surgery with Dr. George Chang instead. Shes now undergoing chemotherapy but has lots of hope for the future, for which she credits Dr. Raju. Even though I didnt receive from him what I came here for, I received so much more, she says. Hes a miracle like Ive never experienced before. Hes my saint on Earth. #cancer #cancersucks #cancersurvivor #survivor #houston #mdanderson #hope #love #hospital #endcancer

Jul 28, 1:39 PM

Laurie Hughes loves the sense of community that fills MD Anderson in Sugar Land. Whenever new patients arrive for their first chemotherapy treatments, she and other nurses there present them with this Lovely Box, a care package made by a survivor who received chemotherapy in those same infusion rooms. Each box is full of comfort-minded items, like socks, hard candy and snacks in hopes of easing our patients treatments. #cancer #cancersucks #nurse #nursing #love #care #thoughtful #warm #chemo #sugarland #texas #mdanderson #endcancer

Jul 26, 2:08 PM

Meet Sadie, a 9-year-old French bulldog with an aggressive brain tumor called a glioma. Shes helping researchers at MD Anderson and Texas A&M University better understand gliomas, which also affect humans. Through this collaboration, our researchers are exploring whether human and canine gliomas are genetically the same, with the hope that the results will help us develop a safe and effective immunotherapy for both dogs and people with this type of tumor. When you have a patient facing something this dire, you want to offer them something with a good chance of success, says Dr. Amy Heimberger, professor of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson and co-leader of our Glioblastoma Moon Shot. Participating in science is essential to move these therapies forward for families, adds Kristin Patrick, Sadies owner. If our actual baby had a brain tumor I cant even fathom that. #cancer #cancersucks #study #brain #research #dog #bulldog #frenchbulldog #pet #medicine #houston #hospital #mdanderson #hope

Jul 25, 0:53 PM

Every day, youll find our volunteers greeting our patients and their families, playing music, or serving coffee or snacks at our two Hospitality Center locations. Were grateful for everything they do to make our patients lives a little easier. #cancer #cancersucks #volunteer #volunteers #volunteering #survivor #mdanderson #houston #payitforward #giveback #hospital