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Make No Small Plans: M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Endeavors to Make Cancer History
Date:5/8/2009

ew the attention of President Richard Nixon, who, noting that no American family was untouched by the disease, declared a "war on cancer" in 1971, shortly after Steinmark's leg was amputated. When the AIDS epidemic arrived in the early 1980s - striking fear in physicians and patients alike - M. D. Anderson was the first hospital in the Texas Medical Center to treat patients with the disease which often led to cancer, especially Kaposi's sarcoma.

Over the course of eight years, poring over nearly half a million documents and hundreds of interviews, Olson's greatest hope is that Making Cancer History "does justice to my profession and to The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where my future will unfold."

Since 1944, M. D. Anderson has treated more than 800,000 patients. One of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, it holds the distinction of being number one on the U.S. News & World Report ranking of cancer institutions for four of the past six years - and has been ranked in the top two since the survey started in 1990. It has earned the reputation as the world leader in knowledge-based patient care and translational research - applying science to improvements in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.

Making Cancer History: Disease and Discovery at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

By James S. Olson

Johns Hopkins University Press

Pub. Date: May 7, 2009

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 13:978-0801890567

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Making Cancer History's Central Character: Author James S. Olson

James Olson first walked through M. D. Anderson's doors in 1981 as a patient. Over nearly 28 years, he's been treated for primary tumors or recurrences ten times, resulting in multiple brain surgeries, rounds of chemotherapy and radiation
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