MD Anderson leaders set off on a summer road trip of sorts to share cancer awareness and prevention tips across the country. Flip flops and beaches were not on the agenda.
MD Anderson held Making Cancer History® seminars in four cities, June through August: Austin, Texas; Blowing Rock, N.C.; Aspen, Colo.; and Santa Fe, N.M. The free seminars featured MD Anderson experts such as:
- Ronald DePinho, M.D., president
- Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor, Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine, and director, Integrative Medicine Program
- Sam Hanash, M.D., Ph.D., director, Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer
- Ernest Hawk, M.D., vice president, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
- Kelly Hunt, M.D., professor, Surgical Oncology
- Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., chair, Systems Biology; professor, Medicine and Immunology; co-director Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy; and co-leader, Breast and Ovarian Cancers Moon Shot
- Jim Ray, Ph.D., head of research, Neurodegeneration Consoritum
Attendees learned about advances in cancer treatment and patient care as well as recent breakthroughs made possible by the Moon Shots Program, MD Anderson's unprecedented effort to rapidly reduce cancer deaths and transform patient care. Guests also received healthy lifestyle tips to reduce cancer risk and participated in question-and-answer sessions with the doctors.
"Our mission is to end cancer in Texas, the nation and the world," says DePinho. "One of our strategies is to educate the public so they can empower themselves with knowledge to attack cancer and to prevent it from happening in the first place. Cancer's greatest vulnerability is knowledge."