Annual Report - 2005-2006
Know, Celebrate, Believe
What makes M. D. Anderson remarkable is our people.
Our faculty and staff — and our many dedicated volunteers and generous supporters — know, celebrate and believe in our mission to eliminate cancer.
Such a strong commitment to a shared vision has led to major advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer, and ultimately has contributed to the overall decline of cancer deaths despite a growing and aging population.
Still, cancer is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 85. This simply is not acceptable, and we continue to work hard to find better ways to treat and prevent the disease.
For example, we are exploring the use of nanoparticles — so small that they are measured in billionths of a meter — to deliver therapy and imaging agents. We also are expanding our pioneering chemoprevention research and epidemiological, behavioral and health disparities studies aimed at improving our ability to assess individual risks for cancer among healthy people.
In addition, we are developing and bringing to our patients the most advanced forms of radiation therapy and surgical instrumentation, which are helping our physicians perform safer, more effective and less-invasive procedures.
The pace of discovery has never been greater or more profound. I am proud that our faculty and staff provide the highest quality of care, conduct excellent research, train so many bright students and fellows and bring us closer to eliminating cancer.
John Mendelsohn, M.D.