Women’s Health

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Holding breath may protect heart during radiation therapy

February 8, 2016
 

A technique using a new form of surface imaging available at only one site in South Texas—the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)—is expected to reduce women’s risk of long-term cardiac side effects from radiation therapy when treating left-sided breast cancer.

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Doctors prepare for potential Zika virus outbreak

January 27, 2016
 

Although there are no confirmed cases of Zika virus originating in the continental United States, local health care professionals are preparing for potential cases originating from travel to affected areas outside the United States, and possible local outbreaks in South Texas.

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CTRC, other NCI Cancer Centers, issue call for HPV vaccination in children

January 27, 2016
 

Directors of the nation’s 69 National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers, including the Cancer Therapy & Research Institute of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, have called for all children and young adults to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV).

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San Antonio Express-News: What can be done to help women receive prenatal care?

January 20, 2016
 

In Bexar County, about 10,000 women gave birth in 2014 with no prenatal care or late care, defined as coming in the second or third trimester. That was nearly four out of every 10 babies born that year alone. What can be done? Read the full story at Express-News

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Report: No amount of alcohol safe for pregnant women

November 4, 2015
 

A new clinical report co-authored by Janet F. Williams, M.D., FAAP, professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, identifies prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities in children.

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Report: Time can change benefits of therapies

November 4, 2015
 

After breast cancer surgery, women are prescribed adjuvant (or follow-up) therapies such as chemotherapy to reduce the risk of the cancer returning. It’s been assumed that the treatment effects of these therapies remain constant over time, but a new study from the CTRC suggests the opposite is true.

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