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MD Anderson keeps No. 1 cancer ranking in US News & World Report annual survey
Date:7/14/2010

pril, researchers from MD Anderson reported the results of the first lung cancer clinical trial that guided targeted therapies to patients based on genetic and molecular signatures and used an innovative statistical model that may enable future trials to require smaller numbers of patients who are more likely to benefit. Known as BATTLE (Biomarker-integrated Approaches of Targeted Therapy for Lung Cancer Elimination), the research matched four drugs to specific biomarkers in a group of patients with advanced lung cancer to determine which drug would be most effective against each individual's tumor.

MD Anderson has many clinical and basic research projects in the areas of personalized medicine and prevention that contribute to a growing body of knowledge at the institution and beyond.

MD Anderson received funding from two new government sources this year, adding to its cancer research program that is now valued at more than $500 million. MD Anderson was awarded $53.8 million over two years through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as federal stimulus funds, and $29 million from the state's innovative new Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), which now is the second-largest funding source for cancer in the nation.

Philanthropy remains critical to igniting the research efforts that keep MD Anderson at the forefront of making progress over cancer. In early 2010, the institution announced the public phase of its most ambitious campaign named, "Making Cancer History: The Campaign to Transform Cancer Care," with a goal of $1 billion. The campaign is raising funds for research initiatives that are driven by virtual "institutes" for cancer prevention and risk assessment; basic science; translational research; personalized therapy; and care quality, safety and effectiveness. Already, the campaign has raised $834.6 million.

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Contact: Julie A. Penne
jpenne@mdanderson.org
713-792-0662
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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