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        Women in Science - Lesson Activities | Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

        Women have played central roles in researching and treating cancer. Explore the stories of Dr. Suzanne Cole, a leading cancer doctor, Dr. Mary-Claire King, who discovered the genetic mutation that causes breast cancer, and Dr. Lori Wilson, a surgical oncologist who was diagnosed with breast cancer herself. See Support Materials below for discussion questions about palliative care, research challenges, and the struggles of being a doctor coping with her own cancer diagnosis.

        Dr. Suzanne Cole

        Dr. Cole works with patients who are dealing with end of life choices.

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        Palliative Care

        Some doctors and patients need to deal with end of life prognosis and choices. New advancements in targeted therapies represent great progress in cancer treatment, but a large majority of cancer diagnoses are still treated with traditional chemotherapy. Dr. Suzanne Cole discusses the role of palliative care in relapsed and metastatic cancer.

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        Mary-Claire King

        In the 1970s, Mary Claire King began investigating genetic links of cancer in families, and discovered the genetic mutation that causes breast cancer, proving that certain types of breast cancers are genetic diseases.

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        Dr. Wilson

        Dr. Lori Wilson is an oncologist who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She survived and continues to practice as a surgical oncologist. She talks about the importance having an open and supportive relationship between doctors and their patients.

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        Bonding between Patient and Doctor

        Dr. Lori Wilson discusses her philosophy in treating her patients. Tracking the progress of cancer recovery is challenging, but with both advancing medicine and strong patient-doctor relations, there's the potential for extraordinary success.

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