Join the PASS Clinical Trial to Better Predict Prostate Cancer Outcomes

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For Latino men, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis. While there is good news—from 2014-2018, Latino men were 20% less likely to face a prostate cancer diagnosis than their white peers—Latino men are more likely than their white peers to be diagnosed at a younger age, and with a higher risk of disease. This is why researchers at UT Health San Antonio are conducting the Prostate Active Surveillance Study (PASS) Clinical Trial in partnership with the Canary Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the early detection of cancer. The study is for men age 21 and older who have chosen active surveillance as a management plan for their prostate cancer. Active surveillance is defined as close monitoring of prostate cancer with the offer of treatment if there are changes ...

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Webinar Dec. 14: How to Encourage Latinos to Participate in Clinical Trials

Latinos represent 18.5% of the U.S. population, but are far less than 10% of those in federal cancer and drug studies. This makes it hard for researchers to create treatments that work best for Latinos. To address this issue, you’re invited to join us for “How to Encourage Latinos to Participate in Clinical Trials,” the first webinar of a new series, “Let’s Address Health Equity Together,” at 11 a.m. CST on Dec. 14, 2021. This Zoom webinar will help health care professionals understand the lack of Latino participation in clinical trials and explore strategies and system-changing advocacy actions to improve Latino enrollment in clinical trials. "This webinar will help doctors, nurses, researchers and other healthcare professionals take action for diversifying ...

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Webinar Series: Let’s Address Health Equity Together

Webinar Series Let’s Address Health Equity Together

Health equity is where everyone has a fair, just opportunity to be healthier. How can we reach this ideal, especially as Latinos face health disparities rooted in systemic inequities in income, health care, food, housing, and discrimination? You're invited to a new webinar series, "Let’s Address Health Equity Together," a collaboration of the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, and Genentech. Six webinars are set for the next year: 12/14/21: How to Encourage Latinos to Participate in Clinical Trials 2/10/22: Targeting Social Needs in Efforts to Prevent and Reduce Cancer 4/25/22: Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Doctor’s Office and Research Studies 6/9/22: ...

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Try Cryotherapy for Breast Cancer Treatment in a Clinical Trial at UT Health San Antonio!

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Medicine, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery are common ways to treat breast cancer. Researchers are also exploring new, possibly better treatments and procedures in breast cancer clinical trials, which are carefully controlled research studies. In some cases, clinical trials may be the only way to get access to newer treatments. If you have breast cancer, you can find a new option for treatment by volunteering for the Evaluation of Cryotherapy and TRPA1 Receptors in Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy at Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio. Cryotherapy uses extreme cold to freeze and kill cancer cells and control pain. The trial, for women ages 18 and older, including Latinas, aims to better treat women who are suffering at the hands of breast cancer. “It’s ...

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The Latest on Alzheimer’s Disease Is Now Available in Spanish!

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Did you know that every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease? This number is most troubling for Latinos and women. Latinos overall are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their White peers. Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. Latinas are at higher risk than non-Latinas. In response, the federal government created a website,, for dementia information, resources, and clinical trials. Now that website is also in Spanish at! Each website has: Information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Knowledge and resources for caregivers and people living with dementia. Clinical trials and studies that people can join to help advance ...

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Join the Early Breast Cancer Study to Help Our Familias Prevent Severe Cases!

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Latinas have lower rates of breast cancer than other groups. Sounds like good news, right? The bad news is that the Latina breast cancer rate has been rising over the past decade, and breast cancer is still the top cause of death for Latinas. Fortunately, we have clinical trials. Clinical trials are studies to find more effective treatments, which can help current cancer patients, and better understand cancer to help future Latino survivors. You can help the cause by volunteering for the Partial Irradiation and Sequential vs. Concurrent Chemo Early Breast Cancer Clinical Trial at Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio. The trial, for women ages 18-100, including Latinas, aims to protect women against severe cases of breast cancer. “We need Latina volunteers for ...

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Sobrevivientes de Cáncer Latinos, ¡Los Necesitamos!

¿Es usted un sobreviviente de cáncer Latino? ¡Participe en el estudio Avanzando Caminos de UT Health San Antonio! Avanzando Caminos tiene como objetivo inscribir 1.500 sobrevivientes de cáncer Latinos en el Sur de Texas y 1.500 más en Miami para estudiar las influencias sociales, culturales, mentales, biológicas y médicas que afectan la vida después del cáncer. El estudio es patrocinado por el National Cancer Institute. En South Texas, el estudio está dirigido por la Dra. Amelie G. Ramirez de UT Health San Antonio y el Mays Cancer Center. “Con la ayuda de nuestros sobrevivientes de cáncer latinos, podemos ayudar en el futuro a que otros sobrevivientes de cáncer latinos sanen, se recuperen y reduzcan su riesgo de que el cáncer regrese”, dijo Ramirez, quien ...

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Latino Cancer Survivors, We Need You!

Are you a Latino cancer survivor? Volunteer for the Avanzando Caminos study at UT Health San Antonio! Avanzando Caminos aims to enroll 1,500 Latino cancer survivors in South Texas and 1,500 more in Miami to help unpack the social, cultural, behavioral, mental, biological, and medical influences on post-cancer life. The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute. The South Texas site is led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez of UT Health San Antonio and Mays Cancer Center. "With the help of Latino cancer survivors, we can help future Latino cancer survivors heal, recover, and reduce the chance for cancer to come back," said Ramirez, who also leads the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. To volunteer for the study or ask ...

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Jeraldine Ortiz: Finding Life Through a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial

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Jeraldine Ortiz knows that breast cancer is tough for Latinas. Breast cancer is the top cause of Latina death. This stems from cultural barriers to care, low screening rates, and low participation in clinical trials studies trying to find better treatments. This is why Ortiz, when diagnosed with breast cancer, volunteered for a clinical trial. Today, after more than 15 years as a cancer survivor, Ortiz said she strongly believes her participation in a clinical trial at UT Health San Antonio helped her get better treatment and better quality of life in her post-cancer journey. “Clinical trials give the opportunity to better treatment for all populations," Ortiz said. "We have a better future." Ortiz Chooses a Breast Cancer Clinical Trial In 2006, Ortiz was diagnosed with ...

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