The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) was established by the Texas State Legislature in 1941. In 1971, after the passage of the National Cancer Act, MD Anderson became one of the nation’s first NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers.
MD Anderson is a free-standing, degree-granting component of the University of Texas System located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. The institution’s mission areas include patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson’s strength lies in its ability to rapidly translate scientific knowledge into better cancer therapies and prevention strategies. Its research program is considered one of the most productive in the world aimed solely at cancer.
In fall 2012, MD Anderson launched the Moon Shots Program, an aggressive, milestone-driven effort to accelerate the conversion of scientific discoveries into clinical advances with a goal of significantly reducing cancer deaths. The program brings together teams of researchers and clinicians to mount comprehensive attacks on eight cancers — melanoma, lung, prostate and breast/ovarian cancers as well as chronic lymphocytic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndromes. Innovations developed in the first two years of the program include improved surgical outcomes for ovarian cancer, expanded potential impact for new drugs, and a novel family outreach program to head off cancers fueled by known genetic risk mutations.
MD Anderson is committed to cancer prevention and control. Its renowned Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences division is dedicated to eradicating cancer through pioneering research into the roles that biologic, genetic, environmental, economic, behavioral and social factors play in its development; investigating various types of interventions to prevent or reduce cancer risk; and improving cancer care delivery, safety, availability and affordability. Additionally, its cancer prevention and control experts are making a difference through evidence-based interventions in tobacco prevention and cessation, education of legislators that led to laws prohibiting tanning bed use by children under the age of 18 in Texas and 11 other states, and K-12 education and public awareness programs.
In FY14, MD Anderson employed 20,000 cancer fighters, including nearly 1,700 faculty members. More than 127,000 people sought care in Houston, and another 114,000 people had their care impacted by the MD Anderson Cancer Network, which includes Banner MD Anderson Cancer Network in Arizona, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in New Jersey and 31 sister institutions in 23 countries. Last fiscal year, more than 8,000 registrants participated in over 1,000 clinical trials exploring innovative treatments — the largest such program in the nation.
* This profile was provided by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.