UT Medicine San Antonio, community partners to present free cancer screenings, talks Oct. 27

Free cancer screenings, educational exhibits and presentations on how to prevent, detect and treat cancer will be held at the UT Health Science Center’s Regional Campus in Laredo. The event is open to the public, with screenings provided by community partners.

8 a.m. – noon on Thursday, Oct. 27
Cancer screenings are from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Breast and prostate cancer presentations by UT Medicine San Antonio physicians Ian Thompson, M.D., and Alfredo Santillan-Gomez, M.D., M.P.H., will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. UT Medicine San Antonio is the faculty practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Interviews in English and Spanish with Drs. Thompson and Santillan will be available 9:30-10:30 a.m. or immediately after the presentations.

D.D. Hachar Building on the UT Health Science Center campus, 1937 E. Bustamante St., Laredo


  • Ian Thompson Jr., M.D., an internationally known expert in prostate cancer, is director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. The CTRC is one of only four National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers in Texas. A professor in the Department of Urology, Dr. Thompson was the primary coordinator of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial that evaluated the drug finasteride as a preventive medication. He also was an author on the recently published Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial that showed a 17 percent increased risk of prostate cancer in healthy men on the study who took vitamin E.
  • Alfredo A. Santillan-Gomez, M.D., M.P.H., an accomplished surgeon, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery’s Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. He earned his medical degree with honors from Monterrey Tec Medical School, completed a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University and was awarded the Alando J. Ballantyne, M.D., Distinguished Fellowship in head and neck surgery at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He completed advanced training in surgical oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.
  • Community partners include the American Cancer Society, city of Laredo Health Department, Doctors Hospital of Laredo, Gateway Community Health Center, Laredo Community College, Laredo Medical Center, Laredo Specialty Hospital and Mercy Ministries of Laredo.

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 www.ctrc.net.

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