Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Hematology-Oncology Section

MEDVAMC Image  The Cancer Program at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center seeks to improve the care of cancer patients by providing state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care services. 

Introduction

Being diagnosed with cancer is a very stressful and difficult time in your life and the life of your family. We hope to ease the stress in whatever way possible.  We welcome you to the MEDVAMC Hematology/Oncology Department and are committed to providing you compassionate, professional, and competent care. The Hematology/Oncology Clinic is located on the 4th Floor of the Houston VA Hospital. Please plan to arrive at your scheduled appointment fifteen minutes early. We strive to run on time, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee that you will not have to wait as we try to spend as much time as needed with each patient to give them individual attention.

Clinic Hours

8:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday except for government holidays

What to do in Case of an After Hours Emergency

If your medical emergency is life threatening, call 911. If your medical emergency is not life threatening, but cannot wait until the next clinic day, please contact 713-791-1414 x3099 to speak with the triage nurse.

If your emergency takes place during clinic hours, please contact the Hematology/Oncology office at: 713-794-7454

Scheduling and Canceling Appointments

Chemotherapy appointments: 713-794-7362

Clinic appointments: 713-791-1414 x 5919

Leave name, social security number, telephone number and a brief message.

Chemotherapy-Clinic

Outpatient chemotherapy is given in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

A lab technician is available in the clinic for any lab work needed.

Radiation Therapy

Radiotherapy Clinic is located in the basement of the hospital. Their telephone number is 713-794-7190.

Prescription Refills

For active medications that have refills, call the pharmacy call 1800-454-1062.

If the prescription has expired and needs to be reviewed, call 713-794-7362.

Leave name, social security number, telephone number and a brief message.

Social Work Services

Ms. Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, is the Hematology/Oncology social worker. She will provide case management services to all patients enrolled in the Hem/Onc clinic and seen by an Oncologist or Hematologist. Ms. Lozano-Vasquez can provide assistance with filing for disability, transportation, emergency financial assistance, counseling, housing, nursing home placement, referral for hospice care and more. She can be contacted at 713-791-1414 x5273, or by asking for her at the Hem/Onc Clinic reception desk.

Patients not enrolled in Hem/Onc clinic may contact their Prime Care clinic social worker or their unit social worker if they are inpatients.

Cancer Support Groups

The MEDVAMC holds three Cancer Support Groups. These are:

Prostate Cancer Support Group - held the third Thursday of each month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in 4C-122.

Cancer Support Group - held the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm in the NU 4D dayroom.

Breast Cancer Support Group - held the last Tuesday of each month from Noon to 1:00 PM in the Women’s Clinic 5B 224.

Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Visit

Our goal is to make sure each and every patient understands that he/she is part of the treatment team. For that reason, please assist your physician in treating you by coming to each appointment with a prepared list of concerns, questions, paper and pen to take notes regarding - information your doctor will share with you.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a type of research study that tests how well new medical treatments or other interventions work in people. Such studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of a disease. Please ask your physician about information regarding any clinical trial he/she feels you may be qualified for.

Helpful Phone Numbers/Websites

• MEDVAMC: 713-791-1414 or 1-800-553-2278
• MEDVAMC Hematology/Oncology Clinic: 713-794-7454
• Chaplain: 713-794-7200
• American Cancer Society: 713-266-2877 http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp *
• Texas Veterans Commission: 713-794-7785
• http://www.cancer.gov/ *
• http://www.mdanderson.org *

Resources

There is a Cancer Resource Center located in the back of the Hem/Onc waiting room. Please feel free to take any brochures and other information you would like to have. The center also has online access for further cancer site-specific information. Ask our volunteer who may assist you with obtaining information.

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Patient Education Materials
Supportive Care Resources

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Point of Contact: Hematology-Oncology Section

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