Cancer leaders embraced President George W. Bush's appointment Dec. 6 of Texas urologist Andrew von Eschenbach to head the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In no uncertain terms, they praised von Eschenbach's political know-how, consensus-building skills, and openness to promoting all facets of a nationwide cancer agenda.
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Andrew von Eschenbach

A urologic surgeon, von Eschenbach directed the Genitourinary Cancer Center and Prostate Cancer Research Center at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. When his appointment was announced, von Eschenbach was also president-elect of the American Cancer Society and a founder of the National Dialogue on Cancer, a national forum and public-private partnership devoted to spearheading a national cancer agenda. The National Dialogue on Cancer was established in 1998 in conjunction through the American Cancer Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, industry, and other partners. President Bush...

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