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One of the scariest experiences you may have as a newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient is entering a cancer center for the first time. Hopefully this post of my treatment experience at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston helps make you more comfortable. Also check out five steps to take before you start treatment.
Twelve days after diagnosis, I was at MD Anderson Cancer Center at 6:30 in the morning, lugging CDs and printouts of my health records and facing a full day of evaluation, prodding and filling out forms. My cancer center was experimenting with a new patient protocol. You had the option to have everything done in one incredibly long day or you could return for multiple days of appointments. Since I lived closed, I went with the one day plan.
My time at MD Anderson Cancer Center begins
Before dawn on September 25, I was parking in the near empty parking garage under the Texas Medical Center, a separate entity within the city of Houston. Mexico City has the City of the Dead. Egypt has the Valley of the Kings. Houston has the City of the Sick, officially called the Texas Medical Center. MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of TMC’s most visited destinations. [Read more…]