Tracy Battaglia, MD: Survivor, Researcher, Mom, Relayer

Tracy Battaglia, MD, researcher and survivor

Tracy Battaglia, MD,MPH, is a physician in the Boston area working on cancer research for under-served populations. She is a living testament to the importance of funding cancer research.

The summer before her junior year in college she was diagnosed with Stage 4  Hodgkin's disease. It was 1990, and she had just received early acceptance to Boston University Medical School. She was treated for a year with chemotherapy - a regimen developed by a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health.  She graduated from school on time and as her career developed she searched for ways to utilize her experience in a positive way.

The result was a focus on cancer prevention and the development of programs that make sure that the neediest populations benefit from all the cancer breakthroughs in cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.

She and her husband and children participate in the Relay For Life of Boston University. In addition, she is the medical officer on the American Cancer Society, New England Division Board of Directors.

"The American Cancer Society is most serious about fighting cancer on every front.  It’s the only organization that has provided more than $3.6 billion in cancer research over the past 60 years.  It’s the only organization that has invested more than $325 million in breast cancer specific research since 1972. It’s the only organization whose guidelines for early detection are the accepted medical standard," she says.

Dr. Battaglia tells her story in this video shown at the American Cancer  Society Cancer Action Network New England Research Breakfast in Boston.

(Read the story of Dr. Margaret ‘Molly’ McLaughlin-DrubinClick, another researcher funded by the American Cancer Society and a Relay For Life participant.)