Philadelphia Inquirer Highlights Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment, Survivorship Care Basser Research Center: Focusing on BRCA-Related Cancers


October 18, 2012

The Philadelphia Inquirer's special section "Understanding Breast Cancer" featured several Abramson Cancer Center experts and programs. A profile of Susan Domchek, MD, an associate professor in the division of Hematology-Oncology and executive director of the Basser Research Center for BRCA, traces her career in medicine, which began in 1994, the same year scientists located the BRCA1 mutation, which is liked to a very high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Her work studying risk reduction strategies and new treatments for people who carry these mutations led to her new role running the new Basser Center, which was established through a $25 million gift from Penn alumni Mindy and Jon Gray. Another story in the section examines trends in cancer survivorship care, quoting Linda Jacobs, PhD, RN, director of the Abramson Cancer Center's Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence, and Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, an associate professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, who studies interventions to prevent and treat physical side effects that follow breast cancer treatment, such as lymphedema. In a package analyzing breast cancer screening, treatment and survival trends in the Philadelphia region, HUP is noted to perform the largest number of mastectomies in the region, and two Penn Medicine breast surgeons – Julia Tchou, MD, PhD, and Dahlia Sataloff, MD – are among the surgeons who perform the most of these procedures.

See more:
Domchek profile
Survivorship care
Breast cancer trends slideshow