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Laredo shines in cancer research spotlight

May 2004

Health Science Center physicians are mentoring Laredo cancer specialists under a National Cancer Institute (NCI) model project called the Cancer Disparities Research Partnership.

The purpose is to identify and address the higher rates of sickness and death prevalent in minority patients diagnosed with cancer. Laredo has a higher incidence of certain cancers, including gastric and breast cancer.

The NCI awarded $3.44 million to the Laredo Medical Center for its partnership with the Health Science Center to extend radiation cancer treatment research to the Hispanic population of the U.S.-Mexico border region. As part of the grant, the Laredo Medical Center and the Health Science Center were given a telemedicine system called TELESYNERGY®. In addition to voice and video transmission, TELESYNERGY® allows for X-ray image sharing, biopsy slide interpretation and remote patient examination.

This system allows radiation, surgical and medical oncologists, who bring different focuses to the care of patients, to have a complete patient picture when discussing therapy options.

A Health Science Center faculty member and resident share an X-ray image with colleagues in Laredo.


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