Leaders in Cancer Care
University Health provides some of the finest cancer care for children and adults in South Texas. Our cancer programs are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. This accreditation assures that we provide access to a range of services needed to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate and support cancer patients and their families.
In addition, our cancer program is recognized as a designated Center of Excellence by the insurance carrier OptumHealth.
University Health also is one of only four organizations in Texas recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence. This honor from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers represents a commitment to provide the highest level of quality breast care to patients.
We are also recognized for our Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, which is dedicated to the unique medical and psychosocial needs of patients aged 15 to 39.
Our medical team works diligently to give you every advantage of the latest advances in cancer treatments and therapies. We also go above and beyond to connect you to community resources that can help you navigate the demands of life while dealing with the complications of cancer.
Collaborative Cancer Care Team
When you receive cancer services at University Health, you benefit from the collective knowledge of our team of nationally and internationally renowned specialists. Our medical team works together throughout every stage of your disease. Specialists collaborate on unique cases and approaches to care, and dedicated patient navigators assist you in coordinating support services.
Our team includes:
- Case managers, social workers and patient navigators
- Genetic counselors
- Imaging technicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Occupational therapists
- Palliative care specialists
- Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
- Physician assistants
- Physical therapists
- Radiation oncologists
- Registered nurses
We partner with the local American Cancer Society to support you with additional resources such as wigs, hats, massage therapy, transportation and more.
Cancer Screening, Prevention and Treatment
At University Health, we provide comprehensive services that help prevent, diagnose and treat cancers and blood disorders.
We treat cancers and blood disorders including:
- AYA cancer
- Brain tumor
- Colorectal cancer
- Gynecological cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Pediatric cancer
- Sickle cell anemia
- Skin cancer
- Urologic cancer
Our cancer screening and prevention program offers comprehensive cancer risk assessments and risk-reduction strategies for individuals with a higher risk of cancer due to hereditary or genetic factors.
Our genetic counselors:
- Conduct detailed genetic evaluations, including a review of family history and risk assessment
- Coordinate genetic testing and explain what the results of a genetic test mean for the patient and their family members
- Provide personalized cancer screening recommendations
- Recommend cancer risk-reduction options
- Offer up-to-date information on research opportunities in cancer treatment
University Hospital has an onsite outpatient infusion center. Our mobile vascular access team uses state-of-the-art equipment to provide specialized care.
We offer the following services:
- Blood transfusion
- Hormone injections
- Lab work
- PICC line insertion
View our Cancer Program Annual Report which outlines our program for accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).