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UT Health Science Center San Antonio and MD Anderson Cancer Center announce affiliation

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | November 01, 2016 Business Affairs

He explained: “We have looked at the projected need for cancer care in our region, and over the next 10 years we are expecting a significant growth in population. Unfortunately, with that growth will come many more cancer cases. For example, San Antonio is a very popular place for people to retire, especially from the military. Aging is one of the biggest risk factors for getting cancer. This affiliation will help us improve our facility and patient care to be ready to serve the needs of our region with the best care possible.”

Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson, said, “We are proud to partner with the UT Health Science Center. Through this affiliation, we are working to deliver groundbreaking clinical advances focused on prevention, early detection, treatment and research. Together we have the opportunity to dramatically reduce the pain and suffering caused by cancer for many people and for generations to come.”

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The two organizations will jointly recruit future cancer physicians and allied health staff members. A national search is underway to hire a medical director to lead the new program.

“Beyond all of these obvious advantages is that we will be able to offer our region the very best care close to home,” Dr. Henrich said. “I know firsthand what it is like to leave my home for treatment, away from family and friends at a crucial time. This is why we want this affiliation for South Texas,” Dr. Henrich said.

UT Health Science Center expertise

One of only four National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Cancers in Texas (along with MD Anderson), the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center brings to the relationship its Institute for Drug Development, one of the largest early phase drug development programs in the world. IDD scientists work with researchers from the UT Health Science Center, other institutions and cancer centers, as well as the National Cancer Institute, to evaluate investigational news drugs for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

Also brought into the relationship is the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, to be held this year Dec. 6-10. Initiated by the CTRC in 1978, the symposium is one of the largest breast cancer research meetings in the world and is now co-sponsored by the CTRC, the American Association of Cancer Research and Baylor College of Medicine. In 2015, the meeting drew 7,576 attendees, with 50 percent coming from countries outside the U.S.

The Health Science Center is conducting first-in-human brain cancer research led by Andrew Brenner, M.D., Ph.D. Through clinical trials, patients are already benefitting from this new approach in which Health Science Center neurosurgeon John R. Floyd II, M.D., inserts nano-sized radioactive fat particles directly into brain tumors with very promising results.

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