Like all of you, I was saddened by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. It broke my heart to see the amazing residents of Houston suffering. But, there was one story that left me inspired, uplifted and believing in miracles. My mom was watching the Nightly News and told me there was a segment I had to see – it was about gentleman with cancer at MD Anderson in Houston who needed his treatment at a particular time and on a particular date. Sadly, he didn’t know if it was going to be possible, and if he didn’t get that treatment on that date and at that time they would have to start over from the beginning. The brave physicians at MD Anderson braved the hurricane, walking for “three miles through flood water” to get to their patient to provide him this treatment. If there’s one thing I’ll remember from Hurricane Harvey, it’s definitely the amazing physicians at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
When I was asked if I would like to interview Dr. Karen Lu, Chief Medical Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center, I jumped at the chance. I wanted the opportunity to talk to her about the wonderful care and treatment they provide patients at the nation’s top cancer center, but I also wanted to thank her and her staff for their bravery during one of the worst hurricanes ever.
Candace Rose Interviews Dr. Karen Lu, Chief Medical Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center On Hurricane Harvey
Dr. Karen Lu joined me this week for an interview to discuss what kind of advanced preparations hospitals can make to get ready for a major disaster. She shared various ways others can learn from the way the center handles patient staffing when there’s an emergency (as we’re seeing now in Napa, Sonoma, and my region of Northern California). Dr. Lu mentioned how the physicians assured patients and their families that they would be safe during Hurricane Harvey. She also wanted to mention that business is back as usual at the nation’s leading cancer center where they see 13,000 outpatients a week.
Please be sure to listen to the audio file below to hear my interview with Dr. Karen Lu, Chief Medical Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center. She shared a wealth of information that physicians, hospital staff and patients can all use and benefit from.
About Dr. Karen Lu
Dr. Karen Lu is a Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine and holds the J. Taylor Wharton Distinguished Chair in Gynecologic Oncology. Her main clinical interests include the surgical and medical treatment of women with ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as the management of women at genetically high risk for these cancers.
She serves as Co-Director for the MD Anderson Clinical Cancer Genetics Program and Director of the High Risk Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic. She is a national leader in the cancer genetics field and has published seminal articles on hereditary gynecologic cancers. In addition, she serves as Director of the Uterine Cancer Research Program (UCRP) and Principal Investigator of the NCI-sponsored Uterine Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE).
She leads a research team that aims to apply laboratory-based findings to improving the care of gynecologic cancer patients. She receives support for her research from the National Cancer Institute, Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C), Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the American Gynecologic and Obstetric Society, and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and has served as a visiting professor at many academic institutions. She serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Prevention Committee, the NCI PDQ Editorial Board for Cancer Genetics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice Bulletins. In addition, she takes pride in having mentored many clinical fellows and trainees and has been awarded an MD Anderson Outstanding Educator Award. She has consistently been featured as one of America’s Top Doctors.
Sponsor: MD Anderson Cancer Center. Candace Rose Anderson was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.