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Fear keeping some cancer patients from COVID-19 vaccination

December 6, 2021

Patient/physician communication improves percentage receiving first dose. Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 6, 2021) — “My doctor has not told me to get the vaccine.” “I do not think it is safe for me because I have cancer.” “I’m afraid of the side effects.” These were the three most common reasons […]




Overlooked for decades, mast cells may explain many mysterious environmental illnesses

December 2, 2021

New paper provides plausible biological mechanism for chemical intolerance Contact: Steven Lee, 210-450-3823, lees22@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO – A newly published paper provides a long-sought link between environmental exposures and conditions like Gulf War syndrome, breast implant illness, chemical intolerance and possibly even long-haul COVID-19. This discovery represents a major step toward improved diagnosis, treatment and […]



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Mays Cancer Center researchers to present findings and discuss disparities during 2021’s San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

December 1, 2021

Treatable mutations, obesity-driven cancer and clinical trial access are among local speakers’ topics for this year’s symposium. Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 1, 2021) — Researchers from the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, will present results of multiple lines of study Dec. 7-10 […]




UT Health San Antonio provides HOPE to nursing home dental patients

November 30, 2021

Contact: Steven Lee, 210-450-3823, lees22@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO – Mary Vermersch had to have all her upper and lower teeth removed, and partial dentures haven’t worked well for her since. She is among a slice of Texas nursing home residents unable to qualify for complete dentures under any governmental dental program, and private dental insurance either […]




Mesa, Mays Cancer Center play role in getting new medications for blood cancers approved

November 29, 2021

Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 29, 2021) — With U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in November of a new medication for polycythemia vera (PV), the outlook brightened a bit for patients with that controllable, but chronic, form of blood cancer. Ruben A. Mesa, MD, FACP, executive director of the […]



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Yoga improves quality of life in men with new diagnosis of prostate cancer

November 23, 2021

Yoga improved physical and mental well-being and promoted a robust immune response in a randomized clinical trial of men with prostate cancer. Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 23, 2021) — An estimated 1.4 million men were diagnosed with prostate cancer worldwide in 2020, according to the American Cancer Society and the […]