M.D. Anderson President Ron Depinho says that too often, cancer research is focused on studying a narrow problem and then publishing a paper.
“Studying is not enough. Kennedy did not say we’re going to study as to how to go to the moon. He said we’re going to go to the moon. So we are going to have a very goal-oriented mentality, an execution mentality that allows us to take the existing knowledge, the technology today to really, truly make cancer history.”
Depinho says the program could cost three billion over a decade, much of that from grants and philanthropists. He says the only measure of success will be a drop in mortality from the eight targeted cancers.