Strength of spirit next topic of CTRC lecture

SAN ANTONIO (November 1, 2013) – The importance of the spirit in fighting cancer, or any illness, is the topic of the next free public lecture at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center on Nov. 7.

Along with understanding the best therapies science has to offer, physicians should also take into account their patients’ more heartfelt needs, said CTRC Director Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D.

Dr. Thompson will describe in clinical terms how the healing process can be helped by spiritual interventions, whether religious or secular. He will be joined by a panel of speakers including Father Eddie Bernal, Anand Karnad, M.D., Devalingam Mahalingam, M.D., Ph.D., Rev. Robert Jemerson, Imam Omar Shakir and Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl.

The lecture, which is open to the public and has a question-and-answer session, will be Thursday, Nov. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the CTRC’s Grossman Building, 7979 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio. For more information call (210) 450-1152. It will be streamed live online at The lecture is sponsored by H-E-B and the Institute for the Integration of Medicine and Science at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.


The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit

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