Craig B. Thompson, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses how people get cancer and provides some new ways to think about cancer.
I’m Craig Thompson and I’m the president of Memorial Sloan Kettering and it’s my great pleasure to welcome you to this evening’s update on major trends in modern cancer research. I want to give you a little bit of background, this is the fifth year we’ve done this, we used to advertise to let you know that this was going to go on, we’ve stopped having to do that and we are in fact over capacity. So you guys have done a great job of word of mouth and giving us some feedback on how we can make this informative and useful for you.
Brief moment of background on Memorial Sloan Kettering: we are first and foremost a hospital dealing with the disease cancer, but we have a tripartite mission in that we are not just interested in giving the best possible care at this moment for cancer, but actually understanding the disease in greater detail so we can deliver more effective and safer treatments over time and that goes through cancer research.