Today we stand at the forefront of a revolutionary period for cancer research and patient care. For the very first time in history, we have the opportunity to uncover the mystery of cancer. These new findings promise to unlock our understanding of this deadly disease and forever change the way we administer treatment. Very soon, we will no longer treat cancer types but instead, personalize treatment by targeting specific gene mutations.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is poised to take the lead in this effort – on a regional, national and international front. But to get there, we need to work together.
The culture of the new cancer center is defined by the idea that unplanned collaboration sparks discovery. The kind of magic where the stars align and everything falls into place.
We are establishing a commitment to collaboration where the world’s best doctors and researchers ask questions, share ideas and find answers that profoundly improve patient outcomes. Here, science and medicine will align in new and uncharted ways.
Every square inch of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center has been designed with this philosophy in mind. The physical layout will foster a new way of “doing” cancer research and care by breaking down the divisions and silos that have separated scientists and clinicians in the past.
The new Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center wants to be something different, something out of the ordinary. Extraordinary patient care and scientific advancements will take place together, creating a synergistic precision that represents the future of medical care. Science and medicine will share not just a common space, but also a common goal.
For too long, the approach to treating cancer has been indiscriminate and lacking in precision. To kill the bad required physicians to also kill the good. It’s part of the reason cancer is so scary. Not just the disease itself, but because the treatments available cause significant damage and debilitation. Today we have the opportunity to discard the “one size fits all” treatments and develop and employ targeted, less toxic, more humane therapies.
The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will bring together elements that aren’t commonly associated with cancer care, including music and fine art, meditation and yoga. Our team will aggressively work to cure disease of the body while recognizing the human mind and spirit play an integral role in the healing process. This integrated approach to medicine will help patients and their families deal with the challenges associated with cancer in an atmosphere that breeds hope, optimism and resilience.
The heroism found in each patient is the foundation from which we will build this great new center.
This is how I know we will succeed.
Because it’s personal.
Kenneth H. Cowan, MD, PhD
Director, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center