MD Anderson in September 2012 challenged its scientists and clinicians to rapidly and significantly reduce mortality in several major cancers. Called the “Moon Shots Program,” the ambitious effort was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 challenge to the United States to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

While we’ve made tremendous advancements in cancer treatment and research, millions of people worldwide continue to die of the disease each year. The time is now to end cancer.

We’re in a period of revolutionary change with new technology and advanced scientific knowledge, most notably the mapping of the human genome, coming together and bringing new hope for cures.

Supported by MD Anderson’s robust research and clinical infrastructure, large patient volumes, unique drug discovery capabilities and global academic network, the Moon Shots Program focuses teams that will demonstrate  short-term improvement and major, long-range impact for their specific cancers across the spectrum – cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survival.

Moon Shots Program Multimedia

Moon Shots 2013 Annual Report to the Public

Moon Shots Program 1-year milestones

Cancer Newsline: First-year progress in MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program – 2013

Beyond the boundaries: The moon shots to cure cancer

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Launches Unprecedented Moon Shots Program (news conference)

Cancer Newsline: UT MD Anderson Cancer Center launches unprecedented Moon Shots Program to increase patient survival during the next decade

Moon Shots Program News and Information

A year of progress for our Moon Shots Program – Oct. 18, 2013

UT MD Anderson cancer moon shots take flight during year 1 – Oct. 18, 2013

MD Anderson taps IBM Watson to power “moon shots” mission – Oct. 18, 2013

Lyda Hill commits $50 million to Moon Shots Program – May 21, 2013

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center launches unprecedented Moon Shots Program – Sept. 19, 2012

Moon Shots Program Background

Press Contact

MD Anderson’s media specialists can arrange interviews with moon shot leaders or other cancer experts at MD Anderson. Contact our External Communications department with requests at 713-792-0655.