Local organization’s generosity helps Mays Cancer Center continue serving patients and family members

Contact: Eileen Teves, 210-450-7239, tevese@uthscsa.edu

SAN ANTONIO, April 29, 2022 – Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, received a $5,000 grant from the San Antonio Junior Forum through the SA Cancer Council. The grant will support the Mays Cancer Center by providing oral or feeding tube supplements, plus food and supplies and the ability to produce virtual cooking demonstrations for patients, caregivers and family members.

In early March, a check of $5,000 was presented to the Mays Cancer Center by the San Antonio Junior Forum (SAJF), a volunteer women’s organization providing the San Antonio region with a variety of civic, educational and philanthropic services since 1961.

Pictured: Members of San Antonio Junior Forum and Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer and cancer treatments may cause side effects that affect a patient’s nutrition during the healing process.

“Proper nutrition is an important part of recovery for cancer patients,” said Tracy de Leon, MDS, RD, LD, registered dietitian, at Mays Cancer Center. “Receiving this grant from the San Antonio Junior Forum will help strengthen our efforts in providing lifesaving nutrition support for our patients so that they can feel better and stay stronger throughout their cancer journey.”

Having access to a registered dietitian is critical to one’s cancer care. Dietitians work with oncologists to meet the patient and their families’ nutritional needs to develop eating plans that will improve strength and energy during and after treatment. Patients at the Mays Cancer Center can access a dietician’s services with a physician referral.

For more information about the Mays Cancer Center, visit MaysCancerCenter.org or call 210-450-1000.

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