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MD Anderson Cancer Center's 2012-2013 Annual Report highlights achievements and contributions of our faculty, staff, volunteers and donors in advancing the research, treatment and prevention of cancer. It also provides key financial and statistical data.

Open minds, new frontiers

These are challenging times in health care, but given our knowledge of cancer and game-changing technologies, it’s also an era of unprecedented opportunity to bend the arc of the disease and bring true hope for the first time in history. With our open minds, we’re excited to seek out new frontiers and eventually defeat cancer.

Track the journey, lower the risk

The best defense is a good offense.
MD Anderson physicians and researchers are breathing new life into that old adage with their work in cancer prevention and risk assessment. They’re discovering ways to detect the disease at its earliest stages by examining how genetic, environmental and behavioral factors contribute to its development. The earlier cancer is caught, the better our chances of curing it.

People and data


Seminal discoveries, seismic changes

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade … because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win ….”
President John F. Kennedy delivered those powerful words more than 50 years ago. Today his message is once again a source of inspiration as 
MD Anderson continues the quest to eliminate cancer.
In 1962, the frontier was space.
In 2014, the frontier is ending cancer.
“Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind …”

Treat the immune system, attack the cancer

Detect. Destroy. Remember.
Those words serve as our immune system’s mantra. It applies both to invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, and to our own defective cells. So how does cancer evade or defeat such a vigilant and versatile foe?
Scientist James Allison uncovered an answer, developed a breakthrough cancer treatment and now leads MD Anderson’s efforts to let loose the immune system on cancer.

Enhance patient experience, build networks

For most people with cancer, it’s the toughest fight of their lives. We’re committed to doing everything possible to make the experience easier. From providing multiple therapeutic options and making treatment more convenient, to simply having a friendly face there to offer a smile and a cup of coffee, reducing stress and improving quality of life are important to overcoming the disease.