HSC researchers receive childhood cancer survivor grant

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Helen Parsons, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, said the St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant will help the UT Health Science Center launch its Adolescent/Young Adult Survivorship Program. <em>Click on picture to make it larger.</em>clear graphic
Helen Parsons, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, said the St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant will help the UT Health Science Center launch its Adolescent/Young Adult Survivorship Program. Click on picture to make it larger. 

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Contact: Elizabeth Allen, 210-450-2020

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2013) — While survival rates for adolescents and young adults with cancer have improved over the past two decades, patients often develop health problems that are frequently not addressed because of a lack of resources and awareness of their unique medical needs. This leads to inconsistent medical follow-up, low clinical trial enrollment and delayed detection of sometimes dangerous health conditions.

$50,000 grant from St. Baldrick’s Foundation
UT Health Science Center San Antonio researchers are changing that by developing a new survivorship program, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a one-year infrastructure grant of $50,000 to the Health Science Center to help begin the program.

Adolescent/Young Adult Survivorship Program
The UT Health Science Center’s Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Survivorship Program will help these cancer survivors and promote better understanding of their health problems.

By supporting a coordinator for the clinic, this infrastructure grant will help ensure that more patients are invited to volunteer for open clinical trials and provide appropriate survivorship planning and research for these young patients.

“This grant gives us some great resources to get us headed in the right direction, and we’re very excited about it,” said Helen Parsons, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center. “We’ve been building the project for some time, so the funding for a coordinator gives us the opportunity to really move it forward.”

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