Lung Cancer Research Projects
MOON SHOTS PROGRAM
THE TIME IS NOW
Our plan to save more lives
Lung Cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths worldwide, claiming 437 lives in the U.S. alone every day. But hope thrives in tools we already have, from advances in molecular profiling to promising risk-reduction strategies. We have the needed innovation plus broad expertise. With your support, we believe we can quickly and significantly lower lung cancer deaths.
Our action plan, the Lung Cancer Moon Shot™, uses novel approaches on multiple fronts: prevention, early detection, personalized targeted treatments, immunotherapies and treatment combinations.
To prevent Lung Cancer, we attack smoking — which causes 90% of cases. Cutting-edge electronic media and peer-mentoring programs persuade kids and teens not to smoke. Our Tobacco Treatment Program and customized quit therapies based on new biomarkers and genetic profiling help adults stop.
In early detection, a first-of-its-kind screening trial seeks to integrate biomarker-based diagnostics and CT imaging to help detect Lung Cancer when it’s most curable. The ultimate goal of this international trial is to create a simple, affordable blood test that can signal the presence of lung cancer.
And, our pioneering clinical trials have shown that it’s possible to match treatments to the specific mutations that drive lung cancers. Genomic profiling reveals these molecular alterations to help us identify each patient’s exact cancer subtype. This lets us choose the most effective, least toxic treatment that targets that cancer’s specific mutations. Our GEMINI project is expanding this profiling to all patients with lung cancer, not just those on clinical trials.
can help us reach these goals, plus develop new targeted drugs
and immunotherapies and speed progress as we find new ways to use
current and emerging drugs.
STORIES OF HOPE
When everything changes
An accident during playtime with grandkids led Pamela Bowman to discover she had lung cancer. She turned to MD Anderson.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Nearly all tobacco users begin the habit early — 88% start by age 18. MD Anderson’s Lung Cancer Moon Shot targets prevention messages to children and teens around the world through tools that speak uniquely to them.