Message from UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Dr. Michael Birrer on Hurricane Harvey

michael birrer 2017Message from UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D.

As the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey unfolds, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center wants the citizens of Texas, and in particular our colleagues and their patients at Houston hospitals, to know they remain in our thoughts and prayers. We realize that hurricanes do not recognize nor respect cancer care. As such, we are ready to step up and help. Continuity of vital health care is a challenge during natural disasters, particularly with a storm as significant as Hurricane Harvey in an area as large as the Houston region. In times like this, cancer care providers are a single team and we welcome partnering with all of our flood affected oncologists to help deliver the very best to our patients.

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center will do whatever we can to work with cancer patients displaced from the storm or otherwise unable to be in the Houston region for tests or treatment. We will arrange for the immediate appointment and, if necessary, admission for any patient in the MD Anderson Cancer Center system, as well as other hospitals affected by the storm and flooding for whom care has been disrupted. Please contact us at 205-934-5077 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central.
God Bless,
Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center