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Blood Cancer (Hematological Malignancies) Services

You can get top-notch care for all types of blood cancers and benign (noncancerous) blood diseases right here in San Antonio. Our team-based approach ensures a precise diagnosis, personalized treatment and a commitment to your whole health. A robust clinical trials program gives you access to promising 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, 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 closer to your support network and the comforts of home.

Blood cancer types we treat

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. This capability helps us make personalized treatment decisions faster. When we know more about a cancer’s genetic and molecular makeup, we can recommend treatments that are more likely to benefit you long-term.
  • 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 safeguard your health and keep you comfortable.
  • 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 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.

World-class blood cancer care in San Antonio

We partner with MD Anderson Cancer Center to bring the highest level of cancer care to San Antonio and 38 counties in South Texas.

Our cancer specialists use MD Anderson’s evidence-based protocols as a solid foundation for their treatment guidelines. Mays Cancer Center doctors consult with MD Anderson’s team whenever an added perspective could translate to better 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 is uncommon and 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 makes sure we offer every patient the latest and most effective treatments for all types and stages of cancer.

Learn more about cancer research and clinical trials.