Areas of Focus

Breast cancer is a complex disease with no simple solution. That's why our researchers are tackling it from every angle. Learn more about our areas of focus and why each is critical to knowing how to fight cancer from the start, slow its progress and one day stop it from occurring altogether.

Survivorship

There are more breast cancer survivors today than ever before. We know the last round of treatment, however, doesn’t mark the end of one’s journey with the disease. Breast cancer changes a person’s life in many ways.

Women and men can face a multitude of physical, mental and emotional challenges, ranging from pain and fatigue to cognitive and sleeping issues, making quality of life after treatment all the more important to our researchers. Today, with nearly three million survivors in the U.S. alone, not only is the definition of breast cancer changing but also what it means to manage the disease.

After positions at the National Center for Toxicological Research in Arkansas and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, Dr. Christine Ambrosone joined the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 2002, where she now serves as Chair of the...

Debra Barton is the Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Nursing at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing, which is a position specific to advancing knowledge in care for people with cancer. She is also a clinical investigator in the Alliance, an oncology...

Carol Fabian received her MD, internal medicine and oncology training from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Fabian joined the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1977 and currently holds the rank of Professor....

Dr. Patricia A. Ganz is a medical oncologist who has spent the past 20 years doing systematic research on the health-related quality of life impact of cancer and its treatment. She currently holds an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, and is...

Dr. Dawn Hershman is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and the program leader for the Breast Cancer Program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University. She was appointed to a faculty position at Columbia University in...

Dr. Chi-Chen Hong received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 2004, and completed postdoctoral training with Dr. Christine Ambrosone at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). She joined the staff of RPCI in 2008 as an Assistant Member in the...

Dr. Arti Hurria is a leader in the field of geriatric oncology and nationally recognized for her research and clinical work focusing on optimizing care for older adults with cancer. Since 2006, she has held the position of Director of the Cancer and Aging Research...

Dr. Melinda Irwin is an Associate Professor in the Yale School of Public Health and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Irwin's primary research interest involves examining lifestyle factors, in particular...

Ephrat Levy-Lahad, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine at Hebrew University and, since 1996, Director of the Medical Genetics Institute at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Dr. Levy-Lahad is one of the world's foremost authorities on inherited breast cancer...

Dr. Loprinzi is currently a Professor of Oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN where he has completed tours of duty as the chair of the Division of Medical Oncology and the Vice-Chair of the Department of Oncology. He presently is the Director of...

Dr. Richard R. Love is the Scientific Director of the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation (IBCRF). For the past 25 years Dr. Love has been involved with and has led clinical trials of hormonal therapies in breast cancer, and for the last 20 years he has...

Kenneth Offit is Chief of the Clinical Genetics Service in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is also Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Vice Chairman of the Program in...

Electra Paskett received her undergraduate degree in biology and a Master's of Science Degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. She received her doctoral degree in Epidemiology and Health Services Research from the School of...

Annette Stanton is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry/Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, senior research scientist at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, and a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her...

Dr. Stearns completed a BS equivalent at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, in Israel in 1989. After relocating to the United States, she completed her medical school training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood...

Janette Vardy, MD, FRACP, PhD is a staff medical oncologist working as a clinician researcher at the Sydney Cancer Centre, and is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, Australia. She graduated medicine with honors from the University of Newcastle, Australia....

Norman Wolmark, MD is Chairman and Principal Investigator of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), which is primarily funded by the National Cancer Institute and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also Professor and Chairman of Human...