SA surgeon performs new robotic surgery on testicular cancer patients, allowing faster recovery
Testicular cancer is most common in younger men, ages 15-30 years old. In more complicated cases where the disease has spread, the only option used to be a serious open surgery, but a robot is now changing that, getting these young patients back on their feet faster.
KSAT Community spotlight: SA Cancer Council
SAN ANTONIO – As we are still going through unprecedented times with the coronavirus and trying to find normalcy, KSAT Community is highlighting SA Cancer Council to help shine a spotlight on the nonprofit. The SA Cancer Council is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization with a mission to support the Mays Cancer Center. AdEvery penny raised remains local and supports cancer research and patient assistance programs at the Mays Cancer Center. If you would like to join the SA Cancer Council to help make a local impact in the fight against cancer, click or tap here. “We thank you for helping us change the story of cancer,” said a representative for SA Cancer Council.
San Antonio doctor stresses importance of routine mammograms during pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Doctor Kate Lathrop with UT Health San Antonio and Mays Cancer Center said doctors were encouraging women to avoid routine check-ups. So it’s a safe way to get screened for breast cancer even during COVID. Lathrop also believes some women avoid these check-ups out of fear of a diagnosis. The earlier we can detect breast cancer, the higher the chance of us curing women of that breast cancer,” she stressed. Lathrop encourages women 40 or older to get routine mammograms every year or at least every two years.
UT Health San Antonio plans to build $400M research and specialty hospital
SAN ANTONIO Editors note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. UT Health San Antonio plans to begin construction in spring 2021 on the University of Texas Health Specialty and Research Hospital, a 144-bed facility in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center. The project, which has been in the works for a few years, is in the design phase, UT Health San Antonio President Dr. William Henrich said. The hospital is expected to create 750 to 800 new jobs and accommodate 130 additional residency slots on the UT Health San Antonio campus. Read more on the plans for this research center at the San Antonio Business Journal.
Study co-authored by UT Health SA researcher looks at treatments for cancer patients with COVID-19
San Antonio A new study, co-authored by a researcher from UT Health San Antonio, found that cancer patients with COVID-19 who were treated with the anti-viral medication remdesivir had lower mortality rates than those who werent. The observational study of 2,186 cancer patients with COVID-19 was published Wednesday in the journal Cancer Discovery. The study used data from the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium, of which the Mays Cancer Center, home of the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, is a part. According to a news release from UT Health San Antonio about the study, the mortality rate of the patients in the study -- 16% -- is triple the global average. A working draft of the study provided to KSAT before the publication, though, showed a 30-day mortality rate of 15% while the overall mortality rate was 16%.