As a board-certified radiation oncologist, I’m trained to know all about cancer and its physical effects on people. Similarly, as a board-certified hospice and palliative care physician, I am well-versed about the psychosocial and spiritual trials patients go through, especially at the end of life. But a recent study I read stopped me in my tracks with a disturbing finding: Cancer is bankrupting an astounding number of patients.
During the 85th legislative session, Texas lawmakers approved sunset legislation that will prolong the life of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) from 2021 to 2023.
This year, Texas will experience more than 110,000 new cases of cancer and nearly 40,000 cancer-related deaths. Fortunately, reducing the number of new cancer cases and preventing many cancer deaths is possible.
TMA believes in the importance of promoting and supporting cancer prevention and control efforts in Texas. The following resources have been compiled and developed to help provide Texas physicians with the knowledge and the skills necessary to prevent and reduce cancer morbidity and mortality in our state.
Read more about the latest initiative to prevent Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) from Texas HepCA, a TMA Foundation-sponsored physician consortium.
Texas HepCA's HCC Initiative - TMA’s Committee on Cancer has partnered with an expert panel of hepatologists and oncologists to form TexasHepCA, a TMA Foundation-sponsored physician consortium dedicated to promoting HCC education among primary care physicians and their patients.
CanSearch - Quickly and easily displays the current recommended cancer screening guidelines for the top 25 cancers, including their risk factors, nutrition and chemo prevention stats,and available imaging test.
HPVsearch - Provides physicians information on cervical cancer and HPV. The app provides HPV vaccination recommendations, as well as cervical cancer screening information from the American Cancer Society and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Also included in the app is a FAQ section that assists the physician in answering some of the most common patient questions.
CanQuit - Assists physicians in discussing tobacco cessation with their patients. Techniques discussed include using the updated Ask-Advice-Refer evaluation method. Guidelines, information, and resources are provided to help your patients kick their tobacco habit.
PediCan - Details the most common signs and symptoms of the most prevalent forms of childhood cancers in the United States by name and by organ system. In addition, the app offers helpful links for additional resources and a feature that will allow you to email information about the app to your colleagues.
Texans and Hepatocellular Carcinoma This course will cover the incidence of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) in the US and Texas. It will discuss the primary groups affected, the risk factors associated with HCC, and current guidelines and recommendations for early detection and treatment. 1 AMA PRA Cat. 1 Credits • 1 ETHICS
Don't Wait - Vaccinate! The Prevention of HPV Cancers - Part 1This course is targeted to primary care physicians and will cover the incidence of HPV-related disease in Texas, missed opportunities for HPV vaccination in Texas, safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine, and addressing vaccine hesitancy. 1 AMA PRA Cat. 1 Credits
Don't Wait - Vaccinate! The Prevention of HPV Cancers - Part 2This course is targeted to primary care physicians and will cover the incidence of HPV-related disease in Texas, missed opportunities for HPV vaccination in Texas, safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine, and addressing vaccine hesitancy. 1 AMA PRA Cat. 1 Credits
See more on-demand cancer CME courses in the TMA Education Center.
See enduring materials and Conferences and Events from MD Anderson Cancer Center.
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