3 things to know about MD Anderson Cancer Network®

At MD Anderson, we believe that everyone deserves the best possible cancer care. But we know that an extended stay in Houston isn’t a viable option for everyone, and we want to meet people where they are. Our mission dictates that we’ll help people who have cancer regardless of their location, and our MD Anderson Cancer Network® allows us to do just that. At its core, Cancer Network builds relationships with other hospitals and health systems across Texas, the nation and the globe to share our proven standards of care and the knowledge of our world-renowned oncology experts. This collaboration can take different forms, from complete adoption of our methods and operations to advising on quality best practices to advancing the oncology field through clinical trials and academic exchanges. Here's what we want patients and caregivers to know about the Cancer Network. 1.  We have a rigorous process for selecting organizations with which to collaborate. “Each level of participation has specific requirements and assessments,” says Michael Brown, president and chief executive officer of MD Anderson Physicians Network. “We have far more interest from organizations that want to collaborate with us than those we actually bring into the Cancer Network.” Most don’t even make it to our due diligence process because they didn’t meet our pre-qualifications requirements, which typically include cancer care capabilities, provider engagement and national certifications. Partner members are required to integrate their clinical operations with MD Anderson and mirror how we deliver cancer care. There’s even a formal reporting relationship with medical directors at partner sites. For certified member hospitals, we assess and offer tailored recommendations for...