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Cancer center

Accredited by the Commission on Cancer program, we provide state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and supportive care services.

About the Houston VA Cancer Center

We are dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Our cancer program is comprised of:

  • Board certified surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and oncology nursing staff
  • Palliative care physicians
  • Pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers, case managers
  • Dieticians
  • Cancer registrars
  • Outreach coordinators
  • Quality improvement specialists

Clinic hours and location

Location: 4th floor, to the left of the green elevators, 4H
Hours: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays
Cancer Center and Hematology/Oncology Clinic713-794-7454
Oncology Dietitian: 713-791-1414, ext. 225800

Scheduling and canceling appointments

  • Schedule next chemotherapy or MD visit: 
  • Cancel  upcoming appointment: 713-794-7454
  • Ask your nurse a question: Call nurse voicemail at 713-791-1414, ext. 224170. Leave your name, social security number, telephone number, and a brief message. A nurse will contact you within 24 hours.

Prescription refills

For active medications that have refills, call the Clinical Contact Center at 800-639-5137 or 7713-794-8985 or visit My HealtheVet.

Infusion clinic

  • 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 Veterans with convenient online access to prescription refills, appointments, lab results and the Veterans Health Library. Secure messaging 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.

Please come to each appointment with a prepared list of concerns, questions, and paper and pen to take notes.

After-hours emergency care

If you have a life-threatening emergency, immediately call 911. To contact the VA Suicide Prevention Hotline 24-hours a day, seven days a week, please call 988, press 1.

Non-life threatening questions:

Dial 713-794-8985 or call toll-free 800-639-5137 to reach a registered nurse 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Psychosocial services

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 at 988,  select 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 with a new diagnosis, treatment, and physical and emotional side effects.

Learn more about support groups offered by VA Houston.

Clinical Trials

A clinical trial is a type of research study that tests the effectiveness of new medical treatments or other interventions. 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.