Why I’m thankful for MD Anderson in The Woodlands

I am thankful for MD Anderson for so many reasons. After I had anal cancer surgery in November 2017, I went to MD Anderson in The Woodlands for follow-up treatment. Easy access anal cancer treatment My oncologist, Dr. Douglas Nelson, said I needed four months of simultaneous chemotherapy and radiation therapy for my anal cancer treatment. I was relieved to know I could continue to come to MD Anderson in The Woodlands for my post-surgery therapy.  I was 72 at the time, and only my older brother was available to drive me to my appointments. We couldn’t have managed the two-hour drive to MD Anderson’s Texas Medical Center Campus from my home in Onalaska, Texas, five days a week for four months. MD Anderson in The Woodlands was significantly closer, making it much easier for me to get to and from my appointments. Finding peace of mind – and support through side effects When I started chemo and radiation therapy, I had a lot of questions about my treatment. I was very fortunate to have a care team that explained every step of the process; this took a lot of worry off my mind.  I didn’t have to wonder why something was being done; the care team kept me abreast of every aspect of my treatment, explaining every detail with compassion, humor and kindness. They reassured me, which alleviated much of the fear I had before beginning chemo and radiation therapy.  When the side effects of radiation therapy started to take their toll, the staff did everything they could to help me. The location of my cancer made it...