The PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s $50,000 award to cancer researcher Sandra Fernandez, PhD of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson was recently featured in a 6ABC news story.
The story noted that Dr. Fernandez was one of three researchers to receive an award from the Coalition made possible by Pennsylvania taxpayers who choose to donate a portion of their tax refunds for cancer research.
The funds will help Dr. Fernandez study how breast cancer becomes more aggressive and how it spreads, or metastasizes, to other organs. Specifically, she will look at how drugs that are in development for lung cancer might also help keep breast cancer metastases in check.
The project is part of a larger partnership with Jefferson medical oncologist Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, director of Jefferson’s Breast Care Center that includes a clinical trial, currently enrolling patients.