Despite COVID-19 pandemic, MD Anderson Cancer Network enables patient to continue clinical trial

Like many people, Suzanne Damann has had to curtail her activities due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Social distancing and stay-at-home orders have forced the retired school secretary to avoid family gatherings and attend virtual church services. Local outings are limited to the grocery store, where she waits in the car with her dachshund, Nikki, while her husband shops. But Suzanne is still in active treatment for stage IV colorectal cancer at MD Anderson. And, until now, traveling to Houston for treatment has been non-negotiable for the Florida resident. “The timing of this whole thing has been bad for everyone,” she says. “But MD Anderson is really special: it’s the Taj Mahal of cancer care. And it’s been keeping my cancer at bay. So, we’ve been driving there every two weeks.” When travel restrictions made it harder for Suzanne to travel to Houston to continue to receive treatment on a clinical trial, she was relieved to learn about Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson Cancer Network provides treatment options close to home Located in Jacksonville, Florida, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is only a 2-hour drive from Suzanne’s home in Ocala. And, because it’s an MD Anderson Cancer Network® partner facility, she can expect to get the same top-notch care there that she’d normally receive at our Texas Medical Center location. “Once this pandemic is over, I’ll still go back to Texas,” she says. “My doctors there are the best and the main hospital is my comfort zone. But it’s good to have this option right now. It’s nice to be close to home.” Continued clinical trial...