Throat cancer survivor: Caring made the difference at MD Anderson

When I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the vocal cords — a type of throat cancer — in the summer of 2016, there was no question about where I would go for treatment. I’m originally from Waco, but I’d been living in Houston for about 10 years by then. And as a part of my job as a local news photographer, I’d covered dozens of stories at or about MD Anderson. So, I already knew it had the best Head and Neck Center in the country. I wasn’t surprised by the high quality of care I received there. What I didn’t expect was the level of caring I’d get along with it. Supported in every way during my throat cancer treatment I’ve heard that your ability to recover from something hard or painful is only as good as your support system. I think that’s true. The care I received at MD Anderson is proof. Over the course of three months, I had seven rounds of chemotherapy and 35 radiation therapy treatments there. And I’ve been cancer-free since December 2016. But my throat cancer treatment went far beyond the medical aspect. Looking back now, I’d say about 70% of it was purely psychological. And my care team spent a lot of time and energy making sure I felt supported in that way. Team embodies caring attitude On my very first day at MD Anderson, I met with three different doctors and a dentist. That was … intense. But every single one of them made sure I felt comfortable and understood my diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Other members of...