The American Cancer Society Mission Boost grant helps rescue science that sometimes falls into the valley of death, where promising research comes to an abrupt end because it otherwise can’t get the funding it needs to cross the bridge between discovery and helping patients.
ACS Research Highlight about grantee Michael Hassett, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and his research to develop tools that work with databases to determine how race, income, ethnicity, and geographic location affects recurrence of the top 3 cancers.
Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH, is a principal scientist in the Surveillance & Health Equity Science department at the American Cancer Society (ACS). Her research focuses on determinants of health disparities in the cancer care continuum that can be addressed by policy changes.
Darren Roblyer, PhD, and his research team at Boston University use optical imaging, specifically diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS), to study how well chemotherapy works before surgery in women with early stage breast cancer. Their work is supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society.
American Cancer Society grantee Jennifer Mack, MD, MPH, conducts research to help pediatric oncologists communicate more effectively with their patients' parents to make treatment decisions less stressful.
These 3 scientists are contributing to research that may help families affected by breast cancer in the future. They're studying the most effective language to include in dense breast notifications after mammography, what makes a cancer cell that’s been dormant—not growing—suddenly reactivate, and the effectiveness of a program to help Latina breast cancer survivors overcome barriers to exercising regularly.
Childhood cancer survivors often have a higher risk for getting a second cancer later in life. Early screening can help, but not enough survivors are getting the screenings recommended by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). One researcher is trying to change that by gathering better evidence on the effectiveness of early breast cancer screening for women who received radiation to the chest as children.
Stacy Matseas is a dedicated Making Strides Against Breast Cancer volunteer and fundraiser who has raised more than $1.3 million for the cause since 2000 when her childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33.