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Perspectives in Breast and Colorectal Cancer Research


From “Science Geek” to Cancer Warrior

Carmen J. Allegra, MD, Co-director, NSABP Foundation Research Program

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Growing up in his hometown outside of Philadelphia, Carmen Allegra was a self-described “science geek.” He remembers those times fondly, “I always liked building things and doing experiments to figure out how things work—I was always doing things that my mother would prefer I wouldn't do!" Carmen Allegra’s love of science and “figuring things out” has led to his passion and his career as an oncologist and cancer researcher.

Dr. Norman Wolmark: a Giant in Cancer Care

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In June 2017, Dr. Norman Wolmark, Chairman of NSABP Foundation, Director Research, Allegheny Health Network, Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine and Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine, was inducted into the Giants of Cancer Care program. The mission of the Giants of Cancer Care program is to celebrate innovators and pioneers who have made remarkable achievements in oncology research and the clinical practice of cancer care. At the induction ceremony on June 1, 2017, Dr. Wolmark was recognized and lauded by his peers for his groundbreaking work and determination.

The Women in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials are the Real Heroes

Dr. Thomas Julian, Director of Breast Surgical Oncology, Allegheny Health Network

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Dr. Thomas Julian has always loved chemistry, and knew he wanted to pursue his passion at the University of Pittsburgh, just an hour’s drive from his hometown of New Castle, PA. When he enrolled as an undergraduate in the late 1960s, he wasn't completely sure of his career path. However, after living through his mother's medical struggles, he dedicated his career, and his life, to medicine and helping women.

Clinical Trials: The "Gold Standard" of Breast Cancer Treatment

By Dr. Jame Abraham, Director, Breast Oncology Program, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic

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The chair in front of my desk is where some of my hardest conversations take place. Yet it is also where some of the most inspiring and hopeful moments of my career happen. All my patients at one time or another have sat in “the chair.” We talk about their diagnosis, their treatment options, test results and always, we talk about the patient’s option to participate in clinical trials.

Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis Under Age 50: Participate, Educate and Advocate

By Dr. Thomas George, Medical Director of the GI Oncology Program, University of Florida

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A diagnosis of cancer is never welcoming news. It is especially daunting for those in the 30-50 age bracket, who are often parents of young children, still working to provide for and raise their families, and not yet on Medicare for health insurance. Understanding colorectal cancer and knowing the latest in treatment options, as well as being an active participant in the fight for the cure, are important facets in a patient's diagnosis and treatment journey.

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