In 2014, Karen Mae Perdon, a senior research nurse at MD Anderson, was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma. At the same time, her mother was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Together, they fought their cancers at MD Anderson and will celebrate this Mother's Day cancer-free. Help give other patients a greater opportunity to live cancer-free by donating today. www.mdanderson.org/gifts
At MD Anderson, we understand how hard it can be to choose a hospital for cancer treatment. Listen to these MD Anderson patients as they describe their diagnosis and treatment, and why ultimately they chose MD Anderson for our leading expertise, cutting-edge research, and patient support and education.
The Moon Shots Program is an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.
Speaking at a Sept. 21 news conference, President Ronald DePinho, M.D., said that a decade from now, the success of the new Moon Shots Program will be measured by patient mortality and nothing more.
The Moon Shots Program is bringing together sizable multidisciplinary groups of researchers and clinicians to mount comprehensive attacks on eight cancers initially. They are: Acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, melanoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and women's cancers - triple-negative breast and high-grade serous ovarian, which are linked at the molecular level.
"Hold on. Be strong. Can you feel it getting better?"
These words are the chorus of the original song "Hold On, " written and performed by Greg Lizee, Ph.D., associate professor in MD Anderson's Melanoma Medical Oncology department. The song's message is simple: Hope. It's about positivity, patience and faith -- faith that things will get better. You have to hold on through the bad times to reach the good.