Free Mesothelioma Information Packet

MD Anderson Mesothelioma Cancer Center

Contact Information

Tel: 713-792-6161
Address: 1515 Holcombie Boulevard Houston, Texas 77030
URL: www.mdanderson.org

Mesothelioma Treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center features among the highest level of care available for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Under the guidance of director Dr. Anne Tsao, the Mesothelioma Program at MD Anderson is among the most comprehensive not only in the United States but internationally as well. The Mesothelioma Program features cooperative care regimens between not only the department of thoracic cancers, but also thoracic surgery, cardiothoracic oncology, pathology, medical oncology, and radiation oncology. In fact with nearly 40 physicians and researchers involved, the mesothelioma treatment team at M.D. Anderson is among the largest force in the country.

Mesothelioma Patient Resources

The eradication of cancer is the goal of everyone at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, as is goal of most involved in the field of oncology. What sets the MD Anderson Cancer Center apart from the pack is their ability to personalize the center's resources to each individual. Unlike other similar facilities, at MD Anderson, the patient is not simply a collection of statistics and graphs, but a human being who is afforded all the compassion possible.

With a staff and facilities that consistently rank among the world's best in terms of cancer care, you know at MD Anderson you are getting the best possible care available. With its exclusive focus on cancer, the physicians at MD Anderson have advised treatment for more forms of cancer in a week than most other physicians will see in a year's time. The center is also consistently listed as one of the nation's cutting edge research facilities, with a unique aptitude for translating laboratory findings into advanced and effective cancer treatment programs, specifically tailored to each individual patient.

Integrative Oncology

A new partnership between MD Anderson Cancer Center and two-time brain cancer survivor and author of a bestselling book entitled Anticancer: A New Way of Life, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, will create a new integrative oncology program that aims to vastly improve cancer treatment worldwide. Dr. Servan-Schreiber and Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, a professor of behavioral science and oncology at MD Anderson, will use the guidelines offered in Anticancer: A New Way of Life to improve the lives of patients and cancer survivors.

Dr. Servan-Schreiber believes that the new initiative, called the Servan-Schreiber/Cohen Anticancer Fund, will, over a period of five years, “dramatically move the integrative medicine field forward through several groundbreaking strategies where previous research has fallen short.” The goals of the initiative are as follows:

· The development of an integrative oncology intervention program based on the guidelines offered in Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s book. It will include a special diet and incorporate exercise, stress management, emotional support, regulation of exposure to environmental toxins, and the administering of specific natural supplements like turmeric and fish oil.

· The assessment of a patient’s natural defenses against cancer [vitamin D levels, for example] with the goal of determining how these measurable items correlate with clinical results and biological markers.

· To test the integrative oncology intervention program and evaluate whether or not it is possible to increase a person’s natural defenses against cancer.

· Outline the effectiveness of the integrative oncology intervention program and determine if following the program can reduce the progression of cancer.

The program, which was announced in May of 2010, is seeking donations. Donations can be made by visiting the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Servan-Schreiber/Cohen Anticancer Fund webpage.

Integrative oncology involves the implementation of traditional cancer treatment methods such as chemotherapy and radiation along with complementary therapies such as nutritional supplements, mediation, massage, and acupuncture, to name a few. Patients suffering from side effects of traditional treatments often experience relief following complementary therapy.

Mesothelioma Doctors at MD Anderson

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston features some of the world’s leading experts in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Below are some brief bios of the some of best mesothelioma doctors currently at MD Anderson.

Dr. Anne Tsao

Director: M.D. Anderson Mesothelioma Program

Anne Tsao is considered among the most well-versed and experienced physicians and researchers in the study and treatment of malignant mesothelioma. Specializing in thoracic, head, and neck cancers, Dr. Tsao gained acclaim for her peers for her achievements in the treatment of mesothelioma. What Dr. Tsao has been able to accomplish in her research for chemical indicators in mesothelioma patients, has allowed for doctors and researchers to now better understand the behavior of malignant cells versus healthy cells and to recommend treatment programs using this new understanding of the cancer. Dr. Tsao is a Medical Degree recipient for the the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. David Rice

Department of Thoracic Surgery

David Rice M.D. is recognized internationally for his progressive research and accomplishments in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma and, as such, today serves as the director of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centers esteemed mesothelioma program. Dr. Rice joined MD Anderson as an assistant surgeon in the department of thoracic surgery. His primary focus is now the integration of surgical management techniques in the treatment of mesothelioma. He works closely with the department of radiation oncology in recommending adjuvant radiation for mesothelioma patients following surgery in multi-modal treatment approaches to the cancer. Dr. Rice is now working with an international program designed to revise the staging process for the malignant mesothelioma.

Source:

Anticancer: A New Way of Life

Driving Directions

From Intercontinental Airport / Highway 59 - Traveling South

  • Take Will Clayton Boulevard east to Highway 59.
  • Turn right (south) on Highway 59 and follow it to Highway 288.
  • Exit onto Highway 288 and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor Drive bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From Hardy Toll Road - Traveling South

  • Take Hardy Toll Road south to Loop 610.
  • Follow 610 East and exit at Highway 59 South.
  • Exit onto Highway 288 and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From Highway 59 - Traveling North

  • Exit onto Highway 288 and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor Drive bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From I-45 - Traveling South

  • Exit onto Highway 59 south.
  • From Highway 59, exit onto Highway 288 and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor Drive bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From Hobby Airport / I-45 - Traveling North

  • Take Broadway east to I-45.
  • Turn left (north) on I-45 and follow it to Loop 610.
  • Head west on Loop 610.
  • From Loop 610, take the Fannin Street exit.
  • Turn right (north) on Fannin Street and follow it to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (east) on Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From I-10 - Traveling West

  • Exit Highway 59, heading south.
  • From Highway 59, exit onto Highway 288 and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor Drive bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From I-10 - Traveling East

  • Exit I-45, heading south.
  • From I-45, exit onto Highway 59 heading south.
  • From Highway 59, exit onto Highway 288 heading south and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor Drive bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From Highway 288 - Traveling North

  • Take the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn left (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor Drive bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

From Highway 290 - Traveling South

  • Merge onto Loop 610 south.
  • Take Loop 610 south to I-10 east.
  • Exit Highway 59 south.
  • From Highway 59, exit onto Highway 288 and follow it south to the North MacGregor Drive exit.
  • Turn right (west) onto North MacGregor Drive and follow it to Braeswood Boulevard.
  • Continue heading straight, onto Braeswood Boulevard, as North MacGregor bears right.
  • Follow Braeswood to Holcombe Boulevard.
  • Turn right (west) onto Holcombe Boulevard and follow it to the appropriate Entry Marker.

Accomondations:

Astro Inn
100 W. Cavalcade.
Houston, Texas 77009
(713) 869-7121

Best Western Plaza Hotel & Suites Medical Center
6700 South Main Street
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 522-2811

Best Western Reliant Park Inn & Suites
2364 South Loop West.
Houston, Texas 77054
(713)799-2463

Carefree Inn Medical Center
10015 South Main
Houston, Texas 77025
(713) 592-9000

Comfort Suites-Reliant Park Medical Center
1055 McNee Road
Houston, Texas 77054
(713) 668-1436

A Lifestyle Home Rentals - The Esplanade
One Herman Museum Circle
Houston, Texas 77004
(713) 522-8177

Public Transportation:

  • MD Anderson offers shuttle vans that transport patients and their families throughout the institution.
  • Many local hotels offer a shuttle to MD Anderson.
  • Houston's METRO buses have routes that carry passengers to virtually anywhere within the city.
  • Rental cars and Taxi services are also available.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.