Moon Shots Program
Volunteer Voice - Fall 2012
MD Anderson launches game-changing initiative
MD Anderson has launched an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.
President Ronald DePinho, M.D., says that a decade from now, the success of the new Moon Shots Program will be measured by patient mortality and nothing more.
“It’s not enough to discover,” he says. “We must do.”
The program brings together sizable multidisciplinary groups of researchers and clinicians to mount comprehensive attacks on eight cancers initially. They’ll work as part of six moon shot teams:
- Acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Women’s cancers: Triple-negative breast cancer and high-grade serous ovarian cancer, which are linked at the molecular level
One of the moon shot leaders, Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Systems Biology, says it›s patients who remind us why this effort can›t wait.
“We’re no longer talking about it. We’re no longer thinking about it. We’re no longer promising it for the future. We’re doing it today,” he says.
Voice Fall 2012
- Voice home
- A toast to the hosts
- Unexpected reunion rekindles friendship
- VEPS funds benefit patients and families
- Volunteers honored at TMC event
- Patient/Family Center debuts in new location
- Celebrating survivorship
- Volunteer questionnaire
- Moon Shots Program
- Volunteers touted during special week
- Clinic aide volunteers honored
- Calendar of events
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