publication date: Mar. 30, 2018

In Brief Society of Surgical Oncology gives service award to Wolmark and Fisher

The Society of Surgical Oncology has awarded the Charles Balch Distinguished Service Award to Norman Wolmark and Bernard Fisher for their work with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.

Wolmark, is chairman of NSABP Foundation, a not-for-profit academic research organization with a history of conducting groundbreaking research studies in breast and colorectal cancer. He also serves as chair and principal investigator of NCI-funded NRG Oncology. He is professor and chairman of human oncology at Drexel University School of Medicine.

Fisher’s research has transformed current surgery, radiation therapy, and systemic adjuvant chemotherapy and hormonal therapy modalities for the treatment of breast and other cancers. As chairman of the NSABP, Fisher designed and conducted large-scale multi-institutional randomized clinical trials to test his hypothesis, based upon his laboratory research, that breast cancer is likely to be systemic at diagnosis.

As a major consequence of two of his landmark trials, the prevailing paradigm governing the treatment of breast and other cancers for almost a century was supplanted by a new paradigm, and radical surgery began to be replaced by less-mutilating operations.

Fisher and colleagues were also the first to demonstrate that, when used as a preventive agent, tamoxifen significantly reduces breast cancer in women at … Continue reading Society of Surgical Oncology gives service award to Wolmark and Fisher

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