Every cancer diagnosis is a journey, and every journey is different. Our team of experts is here every step of the way—because we don’t just treat cancer, we care for patients who have cancer.
UT Health Science Center MD Anderson Cancer Center
UT Health Science Center is a member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a group of six healthcare institutions in the U.S. and three international facilities in Brazil, Spain, and Turkey. Our partnership brings with it a powerful commitment to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary care, treatment innovations, standards of care, and clinical trials – the hallmarks of a partnership whose mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world.
The Benefits of Advanced Cancer Care…Close to Home
We are patient-focused.
Our goal is to provide personalized and compassionate cancer care.
Our cancer specialists are highly skilled.
Many of the members of our healthcare team have worked and trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and are experts in their fields. Get to know our team.
We have ultramodern technology.
Our cancer center is home to some of the most advanced technology available today. Learn about technology we use to care for patients.
Local care means comfort and convenience.
For people in our region and parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, choosing truly exceptional cancer care is close to your home, your family and friends, and the community that cares about you.
Our survivorship program is unique.
Whether you received your cancer care and treatment at UT Health Science Center MD Anderson Cancer Center or another facility, you are welcome to participate in Your Future of Hope Survivorship Program. Learn about our survivorship program and the monthly support group for patients and caregivers.
Cancers We Commonly Treat
- Breast cancers
- Male and female reproductive system cancers – cervical, endometrial, ovarian, prostate, testicular, uterine, and vaginal
- Hepatobiliary cancers – malignant tumors of the liver, pancreas, bile ducts, and gallbladder
- Gastrointestinal cancers – tumors of the GI tract, colon, duodenal, esophagus, and stomach
- Head and neck cancers
- Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas
- Lung cancers
- Multiple myeloma
- Neurological cancers
- Skin cancers
- Urinary tract cancers – bladder, kidney, and ureteral
Referral through the MD Anderson Cancer Network®
In addition, we provide comprehensive treatment coordination for all cancers, and serve as a gateway to MD Anderson Cancer Center for patients diagnosed with rare or complex cancers.
Call (903) 877-7831 to make an appointment with our team of experts.
Specialties:Cancer Care /Chemotherapy /
Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Medicine
With more than 22 years as an oncologist, Dr. Hyman is an expert in treating cancer. But he doesn’t just treat cancer, he cares for the person with cancer. Dr. Hyman takes the time to talk with patients about their condition and treatment, because, to him, the patient comes first.(903) 877-7831
Specialties:Hepatobiliary Care (Liver, Pancreas, Bile Ducts, Gallbladder) /Cancer Care /Surgery /
HealthConnection Episodes: Pancreatic Surgery
Dr. Hishaam Ismael is an expert hepatobiliary (HPB) surgeon. He specializes in complex surgeries of the liver, bile ducts, and pancreas. He trained at MD Anderson and brings the newest surgical techniques to East Texas. He combines surgical oncology with HPB surgery and treats many gastrointestinal malignancies, including gastric and colorectal cancer. He utilizes minimally invasive techniques along with intra-operative ultrasonography for better outcomes.(903) 877-7831
Specialties: Medical Oncology, Hematology, Chemotherapy
Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology
Mustapha Khalife, MD is a medical oncologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine. His special interests in medical oncology include breast cancer, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Dr. Khalife is dedicated to making a difference in patient lives by providing compassionate care. Before a treatment plan is developed, Dr. Khalife starts by getting to know his patients on a personal level. This leads to a true connection between physician and patient during very challenging times.(903) 877-7831
Specialties: Cancer Care, Hematology
Lee Maranto is a certified oncology nurse with over 20 years of experience. Besides oncology, her expertise is also in hematology. Lee’s special interest in medicine includes treating malignancies and blood disorders. Even as a child, Lee dreamed of working in medicine and helping people. She gets to live her dream working in the Cancer Center and assisting patients through their cancer journey.(903) 877-7831
Specialties: Oncology, Hematology
HealthConnection Episodes: Immunotherapy
Dr. Kamran Shahid is a medical oncologist and hematologist. He has a special interest in treating solid tumors and hematological malignancies. Inspired by his physician mother, Dr. Shahid enjoys helping his patients fight cancer and improve their quality of life. To fight cancer, Dr. Shahid believes that it takes teamwork from him, the patient and their family. He understands that there are good days and bad days and he’s with the patient through it all.(903) 877-7831
Specialties:Cancer Care /Radiation /
HealthConnection Episodes: Cancer
To Dr. Smith, patients aren’t numbers; they are individuals with lives separate from cancer treatment. That’s why he carefully explains complicated medical procedures and answers questions about their radiation therapy. Providing patients with treatment options and letting them choose what’s best for them creates a collaborative and personalized care plan.
TrueBeam™ and TrueBeam™ STx from Varian
Designed with patient comfort in mind, both the TrueBeam™ and TrueBeam™ STx deliver powerful, fast, and accurate treatment to cancer tumors. With these technological capabilities, Varian named our facility a Center of Excellence. This recognition draws doctors and administrators from all over the world to UT Health to see how we are utilizing the TrueBeam™ technology.
Not every cancer center invests in a machine like Acuity™, which allows our experts to prepare and verify treatment plans for efficient delivery. This dedicated machine frees up valuable treatment time on the TrueBeam™, giving patients more access to cancer-fighting technology. Acuity produces high-quality images to check treatment progress and is one of the latest and best technologies in cancer care.
ARIA® is an information and image management tool that documents patients’ journey through treatment.
Eclipse™ is a system that simplifies modern radiation therapy planning for all kinds of treatment. This technology helps us tailor treatment plans for each patient.
EQUICARE CS™ is a web-based solution that helps us operate our Survivorship Program so patients can connect and share stories after treatment is over.
We have a special room equipped with video conferencing capabilities that enables us to communicate face-to-face with cancer experts around the world.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans are nothing new. These are types of nuclear medicine used for producing images of the internal body. PET scans show doctors how the organs and tissues are working while CT scans give an x-ray view of the body’s structure. With this technology, the PET/CT scans are done at the same time and generate images that pinpoint abnormal activity and where it’s located. This combined technology means a more accurate (and quicker) diagnosis, earlier treatment, and less steps—all around better for the patient and medical team.
Resources and Support
We understand that there are many questions and concerns about treating cancer, especially when it comes to chemotherapy and radiation. As the destination of hope for cancer care, we want you to have the resources you need. Our Cancer Survivorship Program is available for survivors. There are many benefits to this program, including a monthly support group meeting that is open to survivors, patients, and caregivers.
Your First Visit
When arriving at the UT Health Science Center Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center, take advantage of the complimentary valet parking and then head inside to sign in at the registration desk. During your first visit, you will meet with a medical oncologist who will evaluate your condition and perform a physical exam. Once your medical records are reviewed, your physician will discuss your treatment options with you.
This consultation can take up to an hour-and-a-half. We encourage you to bring a friend or family member for extra support. The other important things to bring include:
- A list of all medications and supplements you currently take
- Medical records and films — like x-rays and CT scans — that pertain to your cancer diagnosis
- Insurance card
- Insurance company authorization or referral forms, if applicable
Paying for Treatment
Worrying about unknown financial details should not be an added burden. The financial counselor in the Cancer Center can help you get the most out of your insurance and benefits. Our goals are to regularly communicate with you about treatment costs and work with you and your insurance company to make sure all questions are answered.
For patients with limited resources, we will work with you to identify any financial aid you may be qualified for.
Patient and Visitor Guide
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