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Our Cancer Research Programs

Research at Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, is transforming the way we care for our South Texas community. Our research programs are making significant contributions to the field, with far-reaching benefits to future patients and care teams.

Mays Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Central and South Texas whose research excellence is recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Ours is among a select number of programs carrying out research to address the nation’s most pressing cancer concerns. Find out more about our NCI designation.

Our research programs combine the expertise of renowned scientists in areas such as structural biology, health informatics and oncology. Our team approach accelerates scientific discovery and enables us to address the unique needs of our community.

Preventing cancer and slowing cancer progression

We are taking steps to reduce the impact of cancer in South Texas with research programs focusing on:

  • Basic science of cancer: We are uncovering more information about molecular processes that give way to cancer development and progression. This work is informing new ways to prevent and treat cancer. Get more information about our Cancer Development and Progression Program.
  • Cancer prevention: Our efforts, which include lab studies and community-based research, aim to prevent and slow cancer’s spread. We are pursuing novel research studies focusing on the types of cancer that are most common in South Texas. Find out more about our Population Science and Prevention Program.

Developing new cancer drugs

We are contributing to cancer drug development through efforts that include:

  • Improving existing drugs: We are expanding the range of medical therapies for cancer. Our efforts include basic science that’s uncovering new drug targets (compounds that interact with cancer cells). We are also exploring how existing drugs might stop or slow cancer that does not respond to standard treatments. Get more information about our Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics Program.
  • Developing new drugs: Our program has a long history of developing novel cancer drugs. These efforts include first-in-human trials that can give eligible patients unique access to additional care options. Find out more about the Institute for Drug Development.

Pediatric cancer care

UT Health San Antonio is home to a state-of-the-art research facility: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute. We are among a select few institutes in the nation using lab research to explore new pediatric cancer care methods. Our discoveries are changing the way doctors and researchers all over the world approach pediatric cancer.

Learn more about Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute.

Cancer research training and community outreach

Our programs include:

  • Community outreach: We are working to decrease the impact of cancer in South Texas with activities that reflect our community’s unique needs. Our researchers evaluate effective ways to share best care practices, improve access to services and decrease disparities in care. Read more about our Community Outreach and Engagement Program.
  • Career development: We are engaging future cancer researchers with services that support career development. Our efforts begin with outreach at the secondary education level for talented high school students. And we offer enhanced mentoring for junior faculty at Mays Cancer Center. Learn more about our Cancer Research and Career Enhancement Program.