The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received funding in 1998 from the Centers for Disease Control to implement the Texas Cancer Plan through its Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. In partnership with the Texas Cancer Council, the DSHS initiated the formation of the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition to facilitate collaboration and communication among a wide range of member agencies working in cancer control.
In 2003, by mutual agreement between the DSHS and the Texas Cancer Council, the Texas Cancer Council assumed active administration of the Coalition. In 2008, active administration of the Coalition returned to the DSHS.
The Coalition commemorated its 10th anniversary in 2009 and changed its name to the Cancer Alliance of Texas (CAT). CAT now includes over 59 members representing major cancer control stakeholders in the state. The DSHS continues to provide support to CAT and plays an integral role in its continued success.