As a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine's Dr. Robert Vonderheide, Director of the ACC, reflects on the history of the ACC and its role as a leading organization in the research and treatment of cancer in the United States and across the globe.
So the Abramson Cancer Center is 50 years old. This year, we're pausing to recognize that milestone. And thinking back to what life was like for a cancer patient 50 years ago and what it's like now. And we have a lot of work to do and cancer is a horrible disease. But we've made a lot of progress. We cure cancer every day. We're sometimes hesitant to use the word cure, but we meet them five years later, 10 years later and so many patients, so many more patients are cured of their cancer. So that's why we all come to work every day. Cancers we're not carrying now the patients, we can't care now. We want to figure out how and we have a roadmap. So 50 years, a lot has happened in 50 years in the history of cancer. Uh, we're proud of the Abramson Cancer Centers, very central role in the nation in accomplishing all the, all the great things that are happening and more things that will come