“MD Anderson Cancer Center Launches Unprecedented Moon Shots Program.” Press Release, MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announces the launch of the Moon Shots Program, an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths. The program, initially targeting eight cancers, will bring together six moon shot teams to focus on:

• acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome;
• chronic lymphocytic leukemia;
• melanoma;
• lung cancer;
• prostate cancer, and
• triple-negative breast and ovarian cancers – two cancers linked at the molecular level.

These cancers were selected based on the current state of scientific knowledge of the disease across the entire cancer care continuum from prevention to survivorship as well as the strength and breadth of the assembled teams and the potential for near-term measurable success in terms of cancer mortality.

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