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COVID-19 nasal swab test may not be best for those who’ve had sinus surgery

March 4, 2021

Switching to other testing may be warranted for safety. People who have had major sinus surgery should consult their ENT doctor before undergoing COVID-19 swab testing, new research indicates. Likewise, those performing swab testing should ask whether the patient has had extensive sinus or skull base surgery, said Philip G. Chen, MD, study senior author […]




Study: Bladder cancer is more advanced in South Texas

February 25, 2021

Bladder cancer is more aggressive and more advanced in South Texas residents ­than in many parts of the country, a study by the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, indicates. The disease is also deadlier in Latinos and women, regardless of where they live nationwide, according to the research. The […]




Graduate student Kristin Altwegg selected for Early Career Hill Day

February 23, 2021

Kristin Ann Altwegg, a fourth-year student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio, was selected to participate in the AACR Early Career Hill Day on Feb. 25. Altwegg is an affiliate member of the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, and is in the Cancer […]



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Mays Cancer Center conducting study to learn how COVID-19 vaccine affects patients with cancer

February 23, 2021

Individuals with cancer who get COVID-19 are more likely to have severe illness and higher death rates compared to the general public. The Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, has prioritized offering the COVID-19 vaccine to its patients and is conducting an observational study to better understand how the immune […]



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Study: Screen surgery patients for frailty

February 18, 2021

Patients should be assessed for frailty before having many types of surgery, even if the surgery is considered low risk, a review of two national patient databases shows. Frailty is a clinical syndrome marked by slow walking speed, weak grip, poor balance, exhaustion and low physical activity. It is an important risk factor for death […]




May Cancer Center urges emphasis on cancer patients, survivors for COVID-19 vaccination

February 17, 2021

The Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, is one of 130 groups that co-signed a letter urging the Biden administration and state health departments to prioritize cancer patients and survivors in COVID-19 vaccination plans. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) sent President Biden the letter today and posted it online. […]