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Breast Cancer Research

More than 20 breast cancer physicians and scientists at our Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research share a bold vision: Cure breast cancer. 

At the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, our research is shaping the global understanding of breast cancer.

The more than 20 breast cancer physicians and scientists within our Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research are not afraid of a challenge. Their goal is to cure the most aggressive forms of this disease. The road to a cure starts with learning how and why breast cancer develops, how it behaves in women at all life’s stages and how it uniquely affects women from different racial and ethnic groups. We seek better outcomes for patients by exploring the genetics that drive tumors, learning what makes tumors more susceptible to treatment and devising therapies to help defeat breast cancer while avoiding toxic side effects.

This vital work is made possible by your gifts. Your contributions help us save the lives of women who mean so much to their families, their friends, and their communities.

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I am evidence of what research can do and will do

Nadia Miller’s dreams were typical. She wanted a big family, a career and hoped to one day travel the world. Then life—and her dreams—abruptly changed.
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Improving treatment for Black women

Harikrishna Nakshatri, PhD, received a $1.3 million grant to identify the unique biology that may make Black women more susceptible to aggressive breast cancer.
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Breast Cancer Research

Stephanie Pemberton shares her story about being treated for triple negative breast cancer and her gratitude for the lifesaving research conducted at IU.

Simon Says Expert Series

To better connect IU’s nearly 300 cancer experts with our community, we’ve launched the “Simon Says Expert Series,” a monthly virtual event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from cancer center experts about various topics and ask your questions. You’ll hear about the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and life after cancer. You can also suggest topics you’d like to learn about in the future. 

We hope you sign up, take part, and learn more from the experts at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.  You can explore previous Simon Says topics by visiting our session archive.

Simon Says Expert Series