Employee, ovarian cancer survivor: Why I chose MD Anderson

MD Anderson isn’t consistently ranked the top cancer hospital in the country because of luck. It’s because it has the best physicians, researchers, nurses, staff and volunteers anywhere. As an MD Anderson employee myself, I’ve witnessed the care and expertise of our doctors and staff firsthand. So, when I was diagnosed with a stage III germ cell tumor — a rare type of ovarian cancer — in August 2018, deciding where to go for my treatment really was a no-brainer. Germ cell tumors account for only about 5% of ovarian cancer diagnoses annually. But at MD Anderson, there are physicians who specialize in my exact type of cancer, so it’s not rare to them. I wanted to go someplace I knew I’d have the best chance of a positive outcome. That’s why I chose MD Anderson. My sole ovarian cancer symptom The only ovarian cancer symptom I had was some bloating. I attributed it to a strong course of antibiotics I’d just finished. My gynecologist thought the same thing. Then, she discovered a hard spot when she pressed down on my belly during a well-woman exam. An ultrasound and an MRI showed a seven-inch mass on my left ovary. That was a surprise. Even so, I wasn’t really worried. I was only 32 at the time and otherwise healthy. My doctor was fairly confident it was just a large fibroid or an ovarian cyst. But regardless of what it turned out to be, the tumor needed to be removed. Since I’d never had surgery before, I was much more concerned about having that procedure done than I was about...