Putting an end to cancer

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Putting an end to cancer

September 21, 2012 Updated Sep 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM CDT

HOUSTON, Texas -- The nation's largest cancer hospital is hoping to put an end to cancer.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center says it's focusing on cures and better treatments for the most aggressive forms of breast, ovarian, lung, prostate, skin, and blood cancers.

The $3 billion project is expected to take place over the next decade.

Cancer experts not involved with the plan are applauding the effort, saying M.D. Anderson's goals are reasonable and within reach.

It was inspired by President John F. Kennedy's famous pledge in 1962 to put a man on the moon by "the end of the decade."

He made that speech right down the road from the cancer center at Rice University in Houston 50 years ago.

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