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America's top cancer center presents Making Cancer History®

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:01pm
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Cancer experts from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center return to West Palm Beach Feb. 2 for the institution's annual Making Cancer History® seminar. Attendees will hear the latest about MD Anderson's unprecedented Moon Shots Program. Launched Sept. 21, 2012, the program aims to put eight initial cancers in the history books.

The seminar, in the Cohen Pavilion of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., begins at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet.

Presentations begin at 9 a.m., featuring:

  • Ronald A. DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson;
  • Christopher J. Logothetis, M.D., chair and professor, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, and co-leader of the prostate cancer moon shot; and
  • Anil K. Sood, M.D., professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine and Department of Cancer Biology, and co-leader of the breast and ovarian cancer moon shot.

The two-hour program includes a question-and-answer session allowing audience members to ask DePinho, Logothetis and Sood about cancer-related topics.

MD Anderson is one of the world's most-respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. With the largest cancer clinical trials program in the nation, the institution receives more peer-reviewed National Cancer Institute research grants than any other academic institution in the United States.

Since March 1944, nearly 900,000 people have registered as patients at the institution, including more than 23,000 people from Florida. More than 1,200 Floridians became new patients in fiscal year 2012.

Not only is MD Anderson the largest freestanding cancer center in the world, it also has developed a number of local, national and international affiliations. For example, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando was the institution's first fully affiliated partner outside of Texas. Through this partnership, MD Anderson-Orlando physicians consult with MD Anderson physicians in Houston via televised sessions, enabling Florida patients to have more than one oncologist review their diagnoses and treatment plans.

MD Anderson is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which includes the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa and other leading cancer centers across the nation.

Admission to the Making Cancer History® seminar is $20 per person, with limited seating available. To register, call 866-262-9029 or email events@mdanderson.org.

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