Division of Cancer Medicine

The Division of Cancer Medicine is the largest of the 12 divisions that comprise MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Division of Cancer Medicine consists of 15 academic medical oncology departments, 10 cancer treatment centers, and a renowned accredited Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.  The division also offers medical oncology services by our General Oncology faculty in Greater Houston Area regional care centers in the Bay Area, Sugar Land, Katy, and the Woodlands.

The mission of the Division of Cancer Medicine is to eliminate cancer and allied diseases through integrated programs in patient care, research, education, and prevention.  The division is striving to realize this mission every year, as we build strong partnerships with the other MD Anderson divisions as well as with other cancer centers nationally and globally to develop more effective therapies that are targeted to each patient’s unique disease profile.

MD Anderson has more National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORES) than any other institution nationally, and Division of Cancer Medicine faculty are investigators in all 12 SPORES.  The Division of Cancer Medicine has numerous mutually beneficial collaborative relationships globally—cooperative efforts that ultimately benefit patients with a wide array of cancer diseases by strengthening the capacity to develop effective, evidence-based treatments.

Many of the most effective cancer treatments available were originally investigated through clinical trials led by Division of Cancer Medicine faculty.  Division investigators are now making progress in extending survival and improving quality of life for patients with the most refractory and difficult to treat malignancies such as lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and melanoma, as well as many challenging but rare tumors.  

The Division of Cancer Medicine faculty are also actively engaged in research-driven patient care through our multidisciplinary care centers to offer the most effective approaches to cancer treatment and chemoprevention. Our cancer research programs are on the forefront in driving personalized medicine, drug discovery, immunotherapy and vaccine development, chemoprevention, and supportive care.