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Screening Families of North Texans to Identify Persons with an Increased Risk for Cancer Due to Lynch Syndrome - 12/04/2019

In 2016, the UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Cancer Genetics Program was awarded a grant (PP160103) by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to increase awareness of hereditary cancer syndromes, particularly Lynch syndrome (LS), and implement a population-based genetic screening program to identify those at high genetic risk for cancer.


Texas Voters Approve Renewed Funding for Cancer Research - 11/06/2019

Texas' ongoing battle against cancer just got new life. Voters statewide overwhelmingly approved Proposition 6 on Tuesday to continue funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the state's cancer-fighting agency.


Prop. 6 Passage Will Save Lives - 11/06/2019

Statement by David C. Fleeger, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association, in reaction to the passage of Proposition 6.  “Thanks to Texans who checked ‘yes’ in support of Proposition 6 in today’s election, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) can build on its legacy of saving countless Texans’ lives, while saving and making Texas millions of dollars every year...."


Vote Tuesday to Keep Texas A Leader in Cancer Research - 11/04/2019

The Texas Medical Association is encouraging you to vote for a proposition that would extend Texas’ place as a leader in the fight against cancer. “Please vote AGAINST cancer and FOR saving Texans’ lives. Physicians of TMA urge everyone to VOTE FOR Proposition 6 on Tuesday's ballot to continue to fund the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT),” TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD, said.


Texas Health Care Professionals Praise CPRIT’s Cancer-Prevention Funding - 10/22/2019

Kathleen Schmeler, MD, spends a lot of time trying to vaccinate young Texans against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer and other types of cancer. As part of a special four-person panel on the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Monday, Dr. Schmeler described how funding from CPRIT makes her work possible.


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.”


Telemedicine, Opioids, Legislative Wins Highlight TMA’s Fall Conference - 09/05/2019

Join your fellow Texas physician leaders at this year’s conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Register today. Board, committee, and council business meetings are planned Friday, while Saturday’s programming will dive into a number of topics at the forefront of medicine.


Register Now for 2019 TMA Fall Conference - 08/27/2019

Join your fellow Texas physician leaders at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort near Austin on Sept. 13-14. Advance registration is now open online, and it’s faster and easier than ever to register.


How Will Changes at TMA Affect You? - 08/15/2019

If you want to know everything that’s happening with TMA, tune in to a 30-minute virtual meeting with TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD; Darren Whitehurst, TMA vice president of public affairs; and John Flores, MD, who will give an update on the Lone Star Caucus – the caucus that represents your county in the TMA House of Delegates.


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)


Michael Darrouzet Named New Texas Medical Association CEO - 06/04/2019

Michael J. Darrouzet, the long-time chief executive of the Dallas County Medical Society, will be the Texas Medical Association’s next executive vice president and chief executive officer, TMA Board of Trustees Chair E. Linda Villarreal, MD, announced today.


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.


TMA Headquarters Now Bears Name of Retiring CEO Lou Goodman - 03/06/2019

The Texas Medical Association building in downtown Austin has been renamed in honor of Louis J. Goodman, PhD, who has served as TMA executive vice president and CEO for the past 22 years.


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.


Winter Conference: Time Running Out To Get the Best Hotel Rates - 01/03/2019

If you’re planning to join your fellow Texas physician leaders at the Texas Medical Association’s Winter Conference this year, you’d better act fast to get the best deal on a hotel room.


Amarillo Physician, Austin Clinic Named Champions of Health - 12/03/2018

The Texas Medical Association Foundation presented its 2018 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Awards to an Amarillo clinic for uninsured people and an Austin clinic that works to prevent HIV infections.


Outstanding Teacher + Your Nomination = Award + Recognition - 10/12/2018

Here are some interesting numbers about the Texas Medical Association’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, which recognize and reward elementary, middle, and high school teachers who use creative and innovative methods to cultivate student interest in medicine and science.


Call for Physician Health and Wellness Abstracts - 10/10/2018

The Texas Medical Association Committee on Physician Health and Wellness (PHW) invites you to submit an abstract to be considered for presentation during the upcoming PHW Exchange, set for March 2 in Houston.