Giants of Cancer Care® Program Inductees
Bernard Fisher, MD
University of Pittsburgh
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- Widely credited with bringing clinical trials and statistical methodology to breast cancer research. Those efforts led to the elimination of the Halsted radical mastectomy.
- An American scientist and pioneer in the biology and treatment of breast cancer.
- He and his colleagues were instrumental in defining the effectiveness of adjuvant chemotherapy and hormonal therapy with the synthetic estrogen tamoxifen in treating breast cancer as a systemic disease. His studies revealed that tamoxifen substantially reduces the incidence of breast cancer in high-risk women when taken as a preventive measure.
- Former chairman of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.