Under the leadership of Drs. Jon Aster, Sue Hankinson, and David Sugarbaker, a primary goal of the Cancer Research Center is to operate the energy and brainpower of the hospital’s cancer community. At BWH, cancer researchers and physicians work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. Their research seeks to solve fundamental problems relating to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Throughout the long history of cancer research at BWH, our investigators have influenced the understanding and treatment of cancers, including:
- risk factors for breast cancer identified through the Nurses’ Health Study
- genetic alterations present in leukemia
- a novel surgical technique (extrapleural pneumonectomy) to treat mesothelioma, an invasive cancer of the lungs, and a method by which to molecularly distinguish forms of lung cancer.