Commentary: Texas Has a Secret Weapon Against Cancer - 10/14/2019

Cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in Texas and across the United States. The good news is that things change, and we can be active agents in making sure that they change for the better. Reauthorization of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) would do more than keep the ball rolling; it would save lives.

Vote for CPRIT - 09/26/2019

On Nov. 5, Texans will vote on Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment designed to extend CPRIT’s funding by $3 billion and keep the agency’s grants flowing for an estimated 10 additional years. (See “Vote for Proposition 6 on Nov. 5,” page 21.) TMA supports this effort to keep CPRIT’s current funding from running out in 2022.

Get Your Patients to Vote Against Cancer - 09/18/2019

A measure to extend Texas’ place as a leader in the fight against cancer is on the ballot, and you should encourage your patients to get out and vote. To help spread the message about Proposition 6, which extends funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), TMA has created a push card that you can place in your waiting room.

Texas Physicians Urged to Vote for Prop. 6 on Nov. 5 to Preserve CPRIT - 09/17/2019

State Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), encouraged his fellow Texas physician leaders to vote Nov. 5 for Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment designed to extend funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. "It's an incredibly important thing to all of us," Dr. Zerwas told physicians at the 2019 Texas Medical Association Fall Conference on Saturday.

Register Today: A Texas-Sized Fight Against Cancer - 09/09/2019

If you would like to learn how Texas physicians and CPRIT grantees are saving lives, and what it will take to achieve a cancer-free future in our state, be sure to attend the Texas Medical Association Distinguished Speaker Series: “A Texas-Sized Fight Against Cancer: Progress and Perspectives From Four Texans Leading the Way.”

Vote for Prop. 6 in November to Save Lives - 07/24/2019

Please mark your calendar for Nov. 5 to vote AGAINST cancer and FOR saving Texans’ lives. Physicians of the Texas Medical Association and members of the Texas Public Health Coalition urge everyone to VOTE FOR Proposition 6 on the November Texas ballot to continue to fund the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

Gastroenterologist Gives Patients An In-Depth Look at Colon Cancer Screening - 03/29/2019

Remember how we told you recently that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and therefore a good time to remind your at-risk patients about regular screening? Well, one Austin gastroenterologist took raising awareness one step further by allowing cameras into … the exam room for his very first colonoscopy after his 50th birthday.  

Help Protect Your Patients From Colorectal Cancer - 03/26/2019

We’re reaching the tail end of March, which is a good time to remind you that March has been designated National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. To help curb colorectal cancer in Texas, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission encourages physicians to talk to their patients about regular screening.

CPRIT Saves Lives - Extend Its Life - 02/13/2019

TMA applauds the Texas Legislature for making the fight against cancer a statewide priority, and we urge the state to continue making strides in this work. Texas physicians want nothing but the best care for their patients and families, and CPRIT brings the best in cancer care, prevention, and treatment directly to our state. Please make provision for CPRIT’s continued funding.

Dreams do come true - 02/04/2019

A group of El Paso medical students has spent the last year bringing magical moments to sick kids

The Financial Burden of Cancer Care - 01/30/2019

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.

Cancer Incidence Among Texas Publicly Funded Substance Abuse Treatment Clients - 10/08/2018

In this study, the authors examine the incidence of cancer among a large cohort of patients receiving Texas Department of State Health Services publicly funded substance abuse treatment services between 2005 and 2009. We hypothesized that substance abuse patients would have an increased incidence of cancer, especially cancers associated with alcohol misuse, tobacco use, and opiate dependence. We compared cancer incidence among 119,237 substance abuse patients with those in the Texas general population as reported to the Texas Cancer Registry. The cohort was 60% male; and 50% white, 30% Hispanic, and 20% black. Mean age at the start of follow-up was 47.6 years (SD, 10.5 years), with mean follow-up time of 2.4 years (SD, 1.5 years). Primary drug dependency was 30% alcohol; 25% cocaine; 15% opiate; 13% amphetamine or methamphetamine; and 17% marijuana or other drugs. Almost 75% of the patients used tobacco regularly. The overall age-adjusted incidence rate was lower for substance abusers ...

TMA Partners to Boost HPV Vaccination Rates - 06/15/2018

To help improve HPV vaccination rates, the Texas Medical Association joined with a coalition of more than 40 other organizations Tuesday to announce a renewed statewide immunization campaign to prevent HPV-related cancers.

MD Anderson's Population Health Approaches to Cancer Prevention - 02/01/2018

Texas's size and unique population demographics present challenges to addressing the state's cancer burden. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of 69 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers across the United States. While these centers traditionally have focused on research, education and training, and providing research-driven patient care, they are in a unique position to collaboratively advance population health through cancer control. Unlike the traditional academic model of a three-legged stool representing research, education, and patient care, MD Anderson's mission includes a fourth leg that incorporates population health approaches. MD Anderson has leveraged state- and national-level data and freely available resources to develop population-health priorities and a set of evidence-based actions across policy, public and professional education, and community-based clinical service domains to address these priorities. Population health approaches c...

Funding Cancer Research - 07/19/2017

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.

Get Free Cancer Education From TMA - 12/07/2016

The TMA Education Center is offering three free cancer-specific continuing medical education courses.

Hepatitis C Screening, Treatment: A Public Health Priority - 11/01/2016

In the past two decades, cancer-related deaths in the United States have declined dramatically due to advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment. One notable exception, liver cancer, has had a 38-percent increase in incidence and a 56-percent increase in deaths in the past decade. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the leading cause of hepatocellular carcinoma, the most common type of primary liver cancer. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has endorsed one-time screening of all Americans born from 1945 to 1965 (baby boomers) for HCV because 75 percent of people living with HCV are in this age range.

2015 Legislative Wins: Oncologists - 06/22/2016

2015 Legislative Wins: Oncologists

Reduce HPV-Related Cancers - 06/20/2016

While physicians are working to promote HPV vaccination in our state, we know that multiple factors are contributing to HPV-cancer incidence. A strategic plan for HPV-related cancers as proposed in HB 1282 will again enable DSHS to convene a workgroup to include CPRIT, organized medicine, educators, researchers, and community-based representatives. There will be much work to do to learn more about HPV-associated cancers and identify effective prevention strategies. We also believe it will be critical that the workgroup developing this strategic plan consider the great cultural and geographic diversity in our state in making recommendations to address these cancers.

Survivorship Plans: The Next Phase of Cancer Care - 06/17/2016

The success of cancer treatments brings new issues to light, including how physicians — both oncologists, or cancer doctors, and primary care physicians — can support patients once treatment is over. Survivorship plans can help improve the quality of care for cancer survivors and empower them to care for themselves, live better lives, and reduce the risk of recurrence.

Greater Transparency CPRIT Operations - 06/17/2016

TMA supports Senate Bill 149 by Sen. Jane Nelson to ensure the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute (CPRIT) has a transparent funding process in place supported by an independent and robust scientific review of the merit of all grants. Texas took a big step forward to fight cancer when in 2007 Texans approved the state proposition that authorized CPRIT. Cancer research and prevention is important. More than 100,000 families this year will learn that a member of their family has been diagnosed with a cancer. Almost 40,000 families will lose a family member in their fight with cancer.

The Next Generation of Cancer Research and Prevention - 05/25/2016

With restored funding from the 2013 Texas Legislature, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is up and running again, with an emphasis on funding cancer prevention projects and recruiting top cancer researchers to Texas.

Webinar: Role of Obesity in Cancer Treatment, Outcomes - 05/21/2016

More than 25 percent of Texas adults are obese, meaning they have a body mass index of at least 30. Obesity is an established cancer risk factor, accounting for 14 percent to 20 percent of cancer mortality nationally, and is also a major hindrance in the treatment of cancer. This makes teaching, counseling, and talking to patients about their weight and its effect on their cancer treatment and potential outcome of the utmost importance.

Need a Cancer Expert? TMA Can Help - 05/21/2016

Are you looking for a speaker on the latest in cancer control and prevention? The TMA Cancer Speakers Bureau is here to help.

Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Published - 05/21/2016

Updated consensus guidelines for detecting adenomatous polyps and colorectal cancer in asymptomatic average-risk adults have been developed by the American Cancer Society, the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, and the American College of Radiology.