MD Anderson applauds NCI’s National Cancer Plan

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center applauds the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Cancer Plan and its framework for collaboration to bring the nation together in a focused effort to end suffering from cancer.

“Scientific breakthroughs are essential for driving progress in health and medicine, but collaboration is equally important to translate those discoveries into meaningful progress against cancer,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “As an institution dedicated to advancing exceptional cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, we are proud to come together with a renewed national focus that aligns so well with our mission to end cancer.”

The NCI National Cancer Plan provides concrete goals and strategies to prevent cancer, to reduce mortality from cancer and to maximize quality of life for those living with cancer. These specific actions are complementary to MD Anderson’s Strategy, which organizes the institution’s work around three themes — Reach, Breakthroughs and Value — to make the greatest impact on humanity in the institution’s work to end cancer.

“Our clinicians and scientists collaborate seamlessly across disciplines to drive high-impact research that can accelerate breakthroughs into meaningful improvements for patients,” said Giulio Draetta, M.D., Ph.D., chief scientific officer. “We look forward to joining with the NCI and the broader cancer community to continue this important work and, one day, eradicate this disease globally.”