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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

(877) 632-6789

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Located in Houston, Texas, on the sprawling grounds of the Texas Medical Center, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the most respected cancer research centers in the world. In fact, in 2011, U.S. News & World Reports listed MD Anderson as the top cancer care center in the country – a designation the hospital has received eight times in the past ten years. With cancer treatment operations in more than 50 buildings, MD Anderson also holds the title as the largest freestanding cancer center in the world.


In 1941, the Texas legislature appropriated $500,000 to create a new cancer hospital and research center as part of The University of Texas System. Its original name was the Texas State Cancer Hospital and the Division of Cancer Research, but the following year, the hospital was renamed as the MD Anderson Hospital for Cancer Research of The University of Texas. The new name recognized monetary support from the MD Anderson Foundation, a foundation formed by a Tennessee banker and cotton trader named Monroe Dunaway Anderson.

For its first decade, the hospital operated out of temporary quarters: a converted residence and 46 beds leased in another Houston hospital. The hospital moved to its current location in 1954. That original building, clothed in pink marble, has been preserved and is now the core of a series of more modern buildings that surround it. While the location stayed the same, the hospital’s name would change two more times in the coming years: In 1955, its name was changed to the University of Texas MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute at Houston, and in 1988 it became known as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as it remains today.

Since 1944, MD Anderson has served more than 800,000 cancer patients, providing such services as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. In 2010, the hospital treated 105,000 cancer patients, about one-third of whom traveled to the hospital from out-of-state. That same year, MD Anderson had approximately 10,000 patients taking part in clinical trials, making it the largest clinical trials program in the United States. The cancer center continues to grow at a very fast rate, increasing its size by 50 percent in the past decade alone. Research is an equally integral part of MD Anderson’s work; in 2010, the hospital spent nearly $550 million on research initiatives.

Mesothelioma Treatment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Many cancer centers today use a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, meaning they engage numerous specialists, from surgeons to psychiatrists, to work together to decide the best course of action for a patient. That approach was pioneered at MD Anderson and continues to be used there today to treat patients with all types of cancer, including mesothelioma. The newly opened Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy helps with this method, using advances in genetic testing to develop the safest and most effective treatments for each specific patient.

Mesothelioma is treated at MD Anderson’s Thoracic Center, which also treats other cancers of the lung, esophagus, trachea, chest wall, pericardium and pulmonary system. Many patients with these diseases require a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. MD Anderson employs minimally invasive surgery techniques and access to the latest drugs that target cancer cells.

MD Anderson is also on the cutting edge of research, offering new and advanced treatment and technologies to patients. And as with all cancers, the earlier you detect mesothelioma, the more successful the treatment can be. MD Anderson offers the most cutting-edge diagnosis techniques, such as positron emission tomography (“PET” scans), high resolution CT scanning (“CAT” scans), and advanced ultrasound equipment.

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

Patient Support Coordinator

Annette Charlevois

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