As the only academic medical center in San Antonio and South Texas, University Hospital is home to a wide range of specialists skilled in treating children with any form of cancer or blood disorder. Additionally, our physicians from UT Health San Antonio collaborate with other world-renowned physicians to review and find solutions for the most complex cases.
Families affected by pediatric cancer and blood diseases need a lot of support, and that’s exactly what we offer.
The support staff our Pediatric Blood & Cancer Center includes fellows, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, psychologists, social workers, genetic counselors, child life specialists and translators. Children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders continue to receive treatment from our staff after 18 years of age.
Our physicians at our Pediatric Blood and Cancer Center have teamed up with several multidisciplinary research institutes to provide cutting-edge clinical care for childhood cancers.
The COG is
the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to pediatric
cancer research. As required by the COG, STPBCC involves
multidisciplinary teams consisting of physicians, research scientists,
nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and other specialists who use their
specialty skills in the diagnosis, management and investigation of
childhood cancer. STPBCC and COG have nearly 100 active
clinical-translational trials open at any given time. These trials
include frontline treatment for many types of childhood cancers, studies
aimed at determining the underlying biology of these diseases, and
trials involving new and emerging treatments, supportive care, and
survivorship. Serving as leaders within the COG, our doctors have had
pivotal roles in transforming childhood cancer from a virtually
incurable disease 50 years ago to one with a combined 5-year survival
rate of 80% today.
The Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators’ Consortium (POETIC)promotes
early clinical development of promising therapies for the treatment of
children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and related
disorders. As one of only 11 sites in the nation partnering with POETIC,
the South Texas Pediatric Blood and Cancer Center staff is able to
provide the latest treatments and therapies to children in San Antonio
and South Texas with cancer and blood disorders.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is
a national network of investigators, cancer care providers, academic
institution and other organizations that conduct multi-site cancer
clinical trials and studies to diverse populations across the United
States and Puerto Rico. We serve as the center of a network of
community oncology programs across south Texas. Our research is aimed
at reducing cancer risk and incidence, improving cancer care outcomes,
expanding access to cancer care, increasing quality and balancing cost
and reducing cancer disparities.
Clinical trials in hematology are aimed at understanding the genetics
of bleeding disorders, women’s health issues including abnormal uterine
bleeding, complement diseases such as aHUS and PNH and sickle-cell
As a member of the National Cancer Institute initiative of international oncology, doctors from around the world are educated and trained at University Hospital, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Center and the Cancer Therapy & Research Institute.