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Blood Cancer (Hematological Malignancies) Program

You can get expert care for all types of blood cancers and benign (noncancerous) blood diseases right here in San Antonio. We take a team-based approach for a precise diagnosis and personalized treatment. A robust clinical trials program gives eligible patients access to evidence-based treatments close to home.

Blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, develop inside the body’s blood or bone marrow cells. The doctors at Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, understand the nuances of caring for people with common and rare forms of blood cancers or benign (noncancerous) blood diseases. We offer precise diagnoses and the latest care advances close to your support network and the comforts of home.

Why choose us for blood cancer care?

Highlights of our program include: 

  • Expertise in rare blood cancers: With board certification and advanced fellowship training in hematology and oncology, our doctors are well equipped to care for blood cancers many doctors rarely see. Other centers refer complex cases to us for our expertise in treating Langerhans cell histiocytosis and other rare cancers. Find out more about the cancer types we treat.
  • Personalized treatment: Our team performs specialized molecular and genetic tests on-site. These details about a cancer’s genetic and molecular makeup help us make personalized treatment decisions quickly.
  • Facilities focused on blood cancer care: We perform sophisticated procedures, such as lymph node and bone marrow biopsies, in settings equipped for the special needs of people affected by blood cancers. You receive care from experienced teams who prioritize your health, safety and comfort. 
  • Specialized care for young and older adults: Blood cancers commonly affect young adults and older individuals. Our doctors have extra expertise in how to meet the unique needs of adolescents and young adults and the geriatric population throughout all phases of cancer care. In some cases, we work alongside geriatricians and pediatricians to address the ways cancer affects your life.
  • Partnership in your long-term health: Certain blood cancers have an increased risk of recurrence (coming back). We follow you closely in the months and years after treatment ends. We coordinate with your primary care team to provide the care you need over the course of your life.
  • Complete care: We diagnose and treat the full range of blood disorders. Our blood cancer experts work alongside other specialists to treat common and rare benign (noncancerous) blood diseases. Learn more about our Blood Disorder (Hematology) Program.

Leading blood cancer care in San Antonio

We partner with MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide enhanced treatment options convenient to San Antonio and 38 counties in South Texas. Mays Cancer Center doctors consult with MD Anderson’s team whenever an added perspective could improve your care, such as for rare cancers or complex cases.

Get more information about our partnership with MD Anderson

Our team approach to blood cancers

Here, cancer doctors with different areas of expertise coordinate closely with scientists to provide the best possible care. This level of coordination benefits you throughout every phase of cancer care. 

Our hematology and oncology cancer team includes:

  • Hematologists have in-depth training in how to diagnose and treat blood cancers as well as benign blood diseases.
  • Pathologists, who specialize in hematology, analyze a cancer’s molecular, genetic and other details to confirm diagnosis and inform treatment.
  • Radiation oncologists provide insights into how sophisticated radiation therapies can best destroy blood cancer cells with minimal side effects.
  • Support professionals, such as dietitians, social workers and pain management specialists, help you manage treatment side effects or other challenges that cancer treatment creates for your life. 

Research and clinical trials for blood cancer

As part of our robust clinical trials program, our scientists explore new care advances, leading trials exclusively available within our institution. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in Central and South Texas, we also participate in a full spectrum of nationwide trials. 

This approach helps us offer eligible patients advanced treatments for all types and stages of cancer.

Learn more about cancer research and clinical trials or pediatric clinical trials.