Pioneering science at UCLA Health has changed breast cancer treatment worldwide
UCLA Health Connect blog
Long before Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD, was universally recognized for scientific discoveries that changed the trajectory of breast cancer and improved health outcomes for countless people across the globe, he just wanted to look at cancer differently.
“We were very much interested in the idea of translational cancer research,” says Dr. Slamon, director of clinical/translational research and chief of the division of hematology/oncology at UCLA Health. “Taking the knowledge coming out of basic science and applying it, where appropriate, to new approaches to clinical medicine and new therapies.”
“Herceptin has altered the natural history of that subtype of disease, turning it from a bad-prognosis type of breast cancer to one that actually has a better prognosis than the other subtypes,” says Sara Hurvitz, MD, medical director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Research Unit and a colleague of Dr. Slamon.
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