The Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers unites many of the world's leading experts in breast and gynecologic cancers with one common goal: to give women the latest, most advanced care, including innovative therapies that are often available only through clinical trials.
Physicians in the Susan F. Smith Center are deeply committed to providing both expert, compassionate care, and to active clinical research to benefit both current patients and future generations of women.
The Center also provides other services, such as support groups and integrative therapies to help meet the diverse needs of women facing cancer.
Learn more about the Breast Oncology Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and how we diagnose and treat breast cancer.
Learn more about the Gynecologic Oncology Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.
The Susan F. Smith Center began as an idea to combine the Institute's then-separate breast and gynecologic cancer programs. This notion of a center dedicated to studying and treating all women's cancers captured Dana-Farber Trustee Susan F. Smith's imagination. Her determination to make the center a reality — along with the strong support of many other individuals and organizations — has been a steady force behind its growth.
Today, clinicians, staff and patients continue to learn from one another. The Center sponsors an annual Symposium on Women's Cancers to facilitate this knowledge exchange. The Center also offers continuing medical education courses on clinical initiatives in surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, and other important disciplines geared to clinical providers caring for patients with breast cancer and gynecologic cancers.
Researchers in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers are conducting approximately 90 clinical trials exploring new and better tools and treatments. Our work in laboratory discoveries, drug development, and clinical applications has led to the advent of many targeted therapies.
Research and findings include:
The Susan F. Smith Center's clinical areas occupy two floors of Dana-Farber's Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. An enclosed bridge connects clinical units with corresponding units in the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Research laboratories — a proximity designed to help speed the conversion of scientific advances into new treatments.
Highlights of the work of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers include:
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