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A Message from Dr. Mendelsohn

Promise -

In the 1970s, the survival rate for all childhood cancers combined was less than 50 percent. Today the survival rate is 80 percent, due in large part to new and enhanced treatments for acute
lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Wilms’ tumor. But these numbers, though markedly improved, simply are not good enough. Pediatric cancer remains the
leading cause of death from disease in children under 15 in this country. The Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson is dedicated to changing those statistics. Thanks to generous philanthropic support, the Children’s Cancer Hospital continues to thrive and expand. Our pediatric oncologists lead the world in discovering new ways to diagnose and treat childhood cancers, combining unrivaled expertise in research with compassionate patient care not found
elsewhere. A group of community leaders recently gathered for the first meeting of the Children’s Cancer Hospital Advisory Group, an exciting collaboration with faculty and staff committed to eliminating deaths from pediatric cancer. We are grateful to all who support the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson as we strive to grant children, adolescents and young adults with cancer this simple wish: the opportunity to grow up and lead normal lives. Together, we are
Making Cancer History®.

Promise - Fall 2009

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