Gynecologic oncologist: Why cancer patients should come to MD Anderson first

I didn’t always want to be a doctor. When I first started college, I was a double major in literature and biology. I thought I’d be a literature professor. But during my second year of college, my 47-year-old mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I often took her to her appointments and treatments. Over time, I realized that I was interested in medicine, and oncology in particular. So, I decided to go to medical school. It was there that I discovered how much I enjoyed performing surgery. During my obstetrics and gynecology residency, I developed a strong interest in gynecologic cancers, especially cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers. I decided then to become a gynecologic oncologist. My dream was to work at MD Anderson. I achieved that dream in 1998. Today, I find great satisfaction in helping women return to their normal lives after a cancer diagnosis. And though I care for women with all types of gynecologic cancers, it’s extremely gratifying to help younger women — particularly those with cervical cancer — hold onto their dreams, so that one day, they might be able to have children. The MD Anderson advantage: more options and a multidisciplinary approach Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s exceedingly important for women to seek cancer treatment at a place like MD Anderson first, not just to come here for a second opinion. Because MD Anderson may have options that are not available elsewhere. And survival rates are much higher in patients with gynecologic cancers who visit specialized cancer centers like MD Anderson. So, coming to MD Anderson first could completely change a person’s...