Prostate Cancer Research Projects
MOON SHOTS PROGRAM
Developing biomarkers for prostate cancer
The initial projects for the Prostate Cancer Moon Shot™ attack the disease from several different angles, giving MD Anderson the best chance of making research breakthroughs that will help patients now and in the future.
Underlying all of these projects is an effort to develop biomarkers that can distinguish different types of prostate cancer.
Imagine the fear and confusion that come with a Prostate Cancer diagnosis. Is my cancer slow-growing or fast-growing? How do I choose among the many treatment options? How will therapy affect my quality of life? What can I do to improve my chances for cure?
Right now, these are very difficult questions for both the patient and the physician. But MD Anderson experts are searching for answers deep within the biology of Prostate Cancer.
We’re looking for biomarkers, or unique characteristics, of different types and subtypes of the disease. This will help us tell who needs aggressive treatment and who requires no treatment at all. Once we discover and validate these biomarkers, we can test for them in patients and then determine if their cancer is potentially lethal or if it has little risk of progressing.
That knowledge will enable us to select the right therapy for the right patient at the right time — truly personalized cancer therapy. You can help by making a gift now to the Prostate Cancer Moon Shot.
STORIES OF HOPE
Weighing the options
George Strake explored all the treatment options available for his Prostate Cancer. But how would he determine the best therapy for him? Luckily, his care team at MD Anderson was there to help.
STORIES OF HOPE
Maintaining quality of life
When Gerard First was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he worried about how treatment could affect his quality of life. That’s why he turned to MD Anderson for help and hope.