"We had taken a vacation and I thought that my neck was hurting because of riding in the car, but I was complaining the whole time about my neck. We had an MRI, and I got a call from the oncologist and he said I want to see you tomorrow morning first thing. I went in on Friday and he told me they had found a very large mass on the back of my neck. By Wednesday, I was at Community North. And Community North is affiliated with MD Anderson. I knew right away that was the place for me. Listen to my story:
We needed to get the best treatment we could, and I knew MD Anderson could do that. The first thing I noticed was that the nursing staff was extremely friendly and they took us in. I always felt that they had time for me. The atmosphere the minute you walk in is one of peace. I would tell patients that their chances are much greater if they go to Community North. That they really know what they're doing. I feel very comfortable there; I highly recommend it."
"I really had no symptoms negative-wise. I had an enlarged tonsil. I had a growth in the back of my throat that I could see when I was brushing my teeth. So I went to my general physician and he sent me to an ear, nose and throat guy. That's how it all started. In two weeks I had a tonsillectomy and they sent it out for a biopsy. About four days later we got the results, and it was cancerous. You're afraid, you're anxious, just the unknown of what's going to transpire going forward. Listen to my story:
I'd seen the MD Anderson commercials and how they had combined efforts with Community North Hospital. I found out that MD Anderson was the number one cancer facility in the country and the fact that Community Hospital was affiliated with them made me feel a lot better. What Community Hospital and MD Anderson mean to me is just the peace of mind that I and the rest of my family experienced through this. They could visit me while I was in there. They were more than happy to make my family comfortable as well as me, which is huge, when you're at a low point. Not one bit would I change my approach to my care. It all went better than planned - not that I had any great plan - but it all turned out very well."
Community Hospital North and Community Hospital East are affiliates of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.