Dr. Pinku Mukherjee is a laboratory-based scientist here at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Her work centers on proteins that are expressed in breast cancer cells that are involved in recurrence and spread of the disease.
She's developing vaccines against these proteins. Dr. Mukherjee is also looking at the way in which the immune system decreases in the face of cancer and exploring strategies to reverse this.
Dr. Sandy Gendler is also a laboratory-based scientist her at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Her work centers on a protein called MUC-1, which is expressed in 90 percent of breast cancer cells. She's developed a vaccine that will be used in a clinical trial here in order to decrease breast cancer recurrence and spread.
We have a number of other phase I, II, and III trials involving chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer patients. We have a genetics counselor who is helping our patients deal with issues of inherited breast cancer.
We also are involved in the community in working with Native American populations, helping them to understand the ways in which their patients are diagnosed and treated with cancer.