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The Importance of Patients as Partners, with Dr. Nikhil Wagle

We begin today with a statistic that is immediately concerning and curious: mortality from breast cancer is higher in black women than in white women. Among the challenges in studying this problem is a lack of data. That’s because only a small fraction of the cancer genome atlas, that’s the catalog of genetic mutations responsible for cancer, is comprised of African American patients. That’s just one of the many obstacles in investing breast cancer that Dr. Nikhil Wagle is trying to...

Duration: 00:31:32

Dr. Karen Anderson: “The strength of the immune is about the diversity of a response”

Among the many powerful and intriguing things that Dr. Karen Anderson told me during our terrific conversation: Vaccines have changed the course of human events. This line – combined with the inspiration Dr. Anderson felt when completing her studies – helped lead her to the important and challenging work she does now: Breast cancer vaccine development, with a long-range goal to deliver vaccines to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence after surgery. Her research focuses on how the...

Duration: 00:30:58

Dr. Neil Iyengar: The role of obesity in breast cancer

It sounds like a simple question. What is obesity? But like most simple questions, the answer is not as obvious as it may seem. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls obesity “A national epidemic causing higher medical costs and a lower quality of life.” The CDC also notes that obesity is a contributing cause of many other health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer.

Duration: 00:32:22

Dr. Daniele Gilkes and Dr. Paul Macklin: A cross displine approach to research

Our series is focusing on scientist, thinkers, and leaders who drive the insights and breakthroughs of breast cancer research. Today’s conversation proves a simple math problem: two is better than one. Actually today’s conversation also tackles some really complicated math and science. Specifically, how applied mathematics and tumor biology are coming together to drive important new research in breast cancer and metastasis. Doctor Daniele Gilkes is assistant professor of oncology. As well...

Duration: 00:32:44

Dr. Anna Maria Storniolo: What does the beginning of breast cancer look like?

What does the beginning of breast cancer look like? What happens – at the very start – that turns normal breast tissue into the first stages of cancer? And by recognizing these early molecular changes and pathway alterations, could we not only improve our understanding of the evolution of breast cancer… but also, one would hope, find a way to stop it before it even begins? These questions are hardly philosophical. They go to the heart of important research that has been and is being led...

Duration: 00:32:57

Dr. Debra Barton: Getting back to normal

The list of symptoms associated with cancers of all kinds is of course extraordinarily long. Particularly, among breast cancer survivors, these can include fatigue, hot flashes, and cognitive changes related to chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting, and sexual health, just to name a few. Of those, while sexual health and functioning have been reported in over 50% of women diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer. In most cases, these issues are not a part of standard cancer care which is...

Duration: 00:29:01

Dr. Michael Clarke: Why Research?

Among the many challenges with breast cancer and breast cancer research is metastasis when cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body. Within this collection of cells is an important minority group, breast cancer stem cells. These cells are ultimately responsible for cancer related death in women with the disease and understanding how they work is central to much of today’s research. At the forefront of that research, Dr. Michael Clarke. Dr. Clarke is a...

Duration: 00:26:10

Dr. Charles Perou: “Using Modern Genetic Tools to Study Breast Cancer”

Dr. Perou is a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina and the Scientific Director of the UNC Bioinformatics Core. Perou’s reserach has established that breast cancer is not a single disease but instead represents a series of diseases that vary in their prognosis and response to treatment.

Duration: 00:33:00

Dr. Larry Norton: ‘That’s the Way We’re Going to Rid the World of Cancer’

Few have a more significant history or deeper relationship with Breast Cancer research and researchers than Dr. Larry Norton, Scientific Director and a founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Duration: 00:24:18