Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
The Cancer Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center seeks to improve the care of cancer patients by providing state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and supportive care services. We extend this care by being an accredited Commission on Cancer (CoC) program. This means we are dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.
We believe that treating the whole Veteran is the key to quality healthcare and our Cancer Program is comprised of:
- Board Certified Medical Oncologists
- Board Certified Surgical Oncologist
- Certified Oncology Nursing Staff
- Social Workers, Case Managers
- Palliative Care Physicians
- Cancer Registrars
- Outreach Coordinators
- Quality Improvement Specialists
Clinic Hours and Location
The Cancer Center hours of operation is 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for government holidays. The Cancer Center (4H) is located on the 4th floor, to the left of the green elevators.
Scheduling and Canceling Appointments
To schedule your next Chemotherapy or M.D. visit call: 713-794-7454
To cancel your upcoming appointment, you may do so by calling the main number 713-794-7454, please call soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.
Ask Your Nurse A Question: Call the Nurse Voicemail Line at 713-791-1414, extension 24170. Leave your name, social security number, telephone number, and a brief message. A nurse will contact you within 24 hours.
- For active medications that have refills, call Telecare at 1-800-639-5137 or 713-791-8985
- Visit My HealtheVet
All Chemotherapy and Blood Infusions require that labs be drawn prior your treatment. A lab technician is available in the clinic for all lab work needed. It can take anywhere from 1-2 hours for lab results to be returned to your doctor. To prevent appointment delays, it is highly recommended to obtain labs 2 days prior to your scheduled appointments.
My HealtheVet and Your Cancer Care
My HealtheVet provides VA patients with convenient online access to prescription refills, appointments, lab results, and health-related resources like the Veterans Health Library. Secure Messaging, another beneficial feature of My HealtheVet, can be used to communicate non-urgent, health-related issues to your health care teams. Your health care team may also use Secure Messaging to send you educational information about your medical condition.
Veterans can register for a basic My HealtheVet account from any computer or smartphone. This will give you access to online prescription refills. To upgrade your account, talk with your nurse or other Oncology staff member to become “In-Person Authenticated. This will give you access to all the My HealtheVet features. Studies show that patients who are more involved in their health care decisions have better outcomes. Take an active role in your healthcare by signing up for My HealtheVet today.
Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Visit
Our goal is to make sure each patient understands that they are a 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, and paper and pen to take notes regarding information your doctor will share with you.
After-Hours Emergency Care
If your medical emergency is life threatening, call 911. If your medical emergency is not life threatening, but cannot wait until the next clinic appointment, please contact our centralized call center at 713-791-1414, extension, extension 22458 to speak with the triage nurse.
Our psychosocial services department is comprised of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Psychologist. The department can provide clinical case management services to veterans and their families with psychosocial, coping and adjustment needs. In addition, they provide brief assessments and individual counseling to help Veterans cope with cancer. Typical concerns addressed are worry, feelings of depression, changes in functioning or quality of life, and family/caregiver concerns. If your concern can not wait until your next clinic appointment, please call the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
Cancer Support Groups
Surviving cancer can be physically and mentally challenging. There can be fear and uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring. Cancer support groups help patients and family members cope, adjust, and find balance when newly diagnosed, getting treatments, and dealing with physical and emotional side effects.
- Living with Prostate Cancer: Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m.-noon, in the Cancer Center.
- Breast Cancer Support Group: Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Cancer Center.
- Vets Helping Vets: This group is available for any Veteran surviving any type of cancer. Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m.-noon, in the Cancer Center.
- Urology Stress Management Class: This group is available for Veterans diagnosed with prostate, bladder, and other cancers. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, 11:00 a.m.-noon, in the Urology Clinic.
- Palliative Care Support Group for Veterans: Meets every Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., first floor of building 108-A.
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 for more information regarding any clinical trial they feel you may be qualified for.
- MEDVAMC Main Number: 713-791-1414 or 1-800-553-2278
- Hematology/Oncology Clinic: 713-794-7454
- Chaplain Services: 713-794-7200
- Oncology Dietitian: 713-791-1414, extension 25800
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
- 4H, 4th floor, left of the green elevators
Hours of Operation
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday