Giants of Cancer CareĀ® Program Inductees

Breast Cancer

Bernard Fisher, MD

University of Pittsburgh

  • 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.
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