Understanding the biology, genetics and biochemistry of breast cancer, and applying this knowledge towards diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive strategies.
The Breast Cancer Program fosters interactions among basic, clinical, and population scientists who study and treat breast cancer and its effects. The program aims to stimulate translation of basic research discoveries into clinical advances in patient care. In addition, the interactions flow in the reverse direction with clinicians providing new research questions for the basic scientists that are relevant to the disease.
The members of the program come from three basic-science departments and six clinical departments, and one public-health department, as well as the department of Dental Medicine. They work together under the following themes:
Researchers in the Breast Cancer Program have a special interest in understanding the special needs of minorities and underserved women.
With a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, members worked with members of the Prevention, Control and Disparities Program to establish a Breast Cancer Center of Excellence to study why black women are less likely than white women to receive important follow-up care.
The Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center opened on the first floor of the Irving Cancer Research Center in 2005 to provide access to screening and diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured women.