Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
The Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center
The Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio- also simply known as the San Antonio Cancer Institute- strives to conquer cancer through research, prevention, and treatment. It is the only academic-based cancer research and treatment center in South Texas and the facility reaches out to more than 4.4 million people in the area. It is also the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the region and one of just three in the state of Texas.
As with most comprehensive cancer centers, San Antonio Cancer Institute approaches the treatment of cancer, like malignant mesothelioma, via a multidisciplinary team of professionals that are assigned to each patient that seeks care at this facility. Patients are treated in one central location and members of each team- which include oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists, and others- meet to devise an initial course of treatment for each cancer patient and continue to discuss each case weekly in order to make changes or updates. There are 10 disease-specific multidisciplinary clinics at CTRC, including one that specializes in Thoracic-Pulmonary Cancer. Patients have access to the latest chemotherapy drugs like Carboplatin, Gemcitabine, and Alimta®, surgeries, and radiation therapy techniques, as well as newer treatments such as immunotherapy.
In addition, the facility's Institute for Drug Development (IDD) partners with the National Cancer Institute to identify and develop new and promising cancer drugs. It boasts the largest Stage I clinical trial program in the world and literally hundreds of anti-cancer agents have been tested at CTRC. In fact, the Institute for Drug Development notes that many of the most important and effective cancer drugs used today were developed or tested at IDD.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
San Antonio Cancer Institute