Cancer Specialties and Services

Cancer Services

  • Brain cancer
    In 2007, UTMB became one of only three Texas medical centers offering radiation surgery using high-energy photon beams that destroy tumors with surgical precision. The device, manufactured by Novalis, delivers precision radiation therapy that conforms to the shape of a tumor with millimeter accuracy, irradiating the entire tumor while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. It has proven especially effective on brain tumors, but is also used to treat spine, lung, liver and prostate tumors. It is non-invasive, painless, and eliminates some of the risk associated with conventional major surgery. Click to visit the neurology webpages.
  • Breast cancer
    An area of excellence at UTMB for more than 25 years. UTMB’s Breast Imaging Center is designated a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). It is one of two in the Houston-Galveston region and one of eight breast oncology facilities in Texas to receive this distinguished designation. Breast oncology, like GI cancer, is attended to by our surgeons and clinicians who are also actively involved in translational research. Learn more on the Breast Health webpages
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness - KNOW THE SIGNS
    Comprehensive care of infants, children, and adolescents with cancer
    and blood disorders.

    Cancer can sometimes be hard to detect in children and it’s rare. Still, as a parent or guardian, you need to be aware of the symptoms of childhood cancer. Observe your child for any sudden, persistent changes in health or behavior as listed below. These symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is NOT cancer, such as injury and infection. However, always seek medical attention and consult with your doctor if symptoms persist. Work with your healthcare provider as a team, the diagnosis of cancer may be a long process.

    • Unexplained paleness and loss of energy
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Frequent morning headaches, often associated with vomiting
    • An unusual lump or swelling
    • Easy bruising
    • An ongoing pain in one area of the body
    • Sudden eye or vision changes
    • Unexplained fever or illness

    Some children may have a higher chance of developing a specific type of cancer because of certain rare gene changes they inherit from a parent. These children may need careful, regular medical check-ups that include special tests to look for early signs of cancer.

  • Gastrointestinal cancer
    Includes colorectal, pancreatic, liver and hepatobiliary. A UTMB strength, nationally and internationally, many members of the surgical team are also involved in related basic and translational clinical research. With the establishment of the Texas Transplant Center at UTMB in 2007, the Cancer Center provides comprehensive gastrointestinal care from treatment to surgery including transplantation. Learn more by visiting the Digesive Health section of our website. 
  • Gynecologic cancer
    Cancers of the female reproductive system is the fourth most common type of cancer in women. Whether it's ovarian, cervial, or any other gynecologic cancer our outstanding specialists will be with you every step of the way. Check out UTMB's gynecology oncology website by clicking here.
  • Head and neck cancer
    UTMB has recruited some of the country’s most accomplished and skilled professionals in otolaryngology, who are providing oncology services of the head, neck, skin, oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, nasal, sinus, thyroid and parathyroid. Click to learn more.
  • Lung cancer
    Tops the list as the number one cause of cancer related deaths in both men and women not only in the U.S. but also worldwide. Although cigarette smoking is the main risk factor, passive exposure to tobacco smoke has been known to cause lung cancer. UTMB has some of the best physicians in the country for this type of cancer. Click to learn more.
  • Prostate cancer
    Using state-of-science techniques, UTMB urology staff identify early-stage prostate cancer and initiate early treatment or surgery, thus dramatically increasing patient success rates. Click to visit the Urology webpages
  • Texas DSHS Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
    UTMB has participated in the BCCS program since 1991. This program is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and provides breast and cervical screening and diagnostic services to eligible women living in Texas. These services help women receive regular screening, which is the best method to prevent and detect breast or cervical cancer in its earliest stages increasing a women’s chance of survival. Click to learn more.

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