Mays Cancer Center, the newly named center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, celebrated its new partnership on Feb. 20 with an employee luncheon, highlighting the collaboration of UT System health care institutions to improve health for Texans.
As the newest partner to launch a collaboration within MD Anderson Cancer Network®, Mays Cancer Center offers cancer patients in San Antonio and South Texas access to cancer treatments that are among the most advanced in the nation.
Mays Cancer Center, one of seven partnered U.S. health care institutions and three international facilities in our cancer network, is now fully clinically integrated with MD Anderson. South Texas patients can benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, treatment innovations and standards of care. As the program expands, select clinical trials and other research opportunities will be made available in the future.
Last month, the Mays Family Foundation announced a $30 million legacy gift supporting the UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center. Lowry and Peggy Mays and their family have been key supporters in the fight against cancer for many years. In addition to their support for UT Health San Antonio and Mays Cancer Center, the Mays family has generously supported MD Anderson, bringing their cumulative giving to the two UT System institutions to more than $50 million.
This is MD Anderson’s second collaboration with a UT System institution. A partnership was launched earlier this year in Tyler at UT Health Northeast MD Anderson. Such collaborations highlight UT System’s commitment to leverage the size and expertise of its health care institutions to capitalize on our shared missions of education, clinical care, research and prevention to better serve cancer patients across the state.
Through this newest partnership in San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center will provide patients access to treatment approaches and protocols developed in Houston. Physicians can refer their patients to Mays Cancer Center or patients with a confirmed diagnosis of cancer can self-refer.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our UT System sister institution to elevate the standard of care for patients in South Texas,’’ says Michael Kupferman, M.D., senior vice president, Clinical and Academic Network Development. “We consider Mays Cancer Center patients to be our patients. Together, we can work toward common goals in our mission to end cancer.’’
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