Fighting cancer on three fronts

Fred Sanfilippo

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

You have cancer.

Studies find time and again that this diagnosis is the one Americans fear most. And yet, as American Cancer Society CEO John Seffrin said at a recent lecture at Emory, "The hopeful side of cancer has never been more hopeful."

Indeed, here in Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, we are proud to be a part of that hope. As an academic health center, we are able to lead the fight against cancer on three fronts—research, education, and patient care.

Emory researchers are pioneering discoveries that attack cancer at its most fundamental level, developing new methods of detecting and treating the disease and advancing the clinical application of new discoveries. The depth and breadth of our research program allows us to take cancer advances from the laboratory to the bedside and to the community more rapidly and effectively than many other organizations.

Our educators are preparing the next generation of health professionals to continue the advances we've begun. These new researchers will continue fueling discoveries in cancer that will make all the difference in people's lives. Our medical and nursing students are learning to work in multidisciplinary teams to pro-vide cutting-edge and compassionate care for patients and families who have to grapple with cancer. And our public health students are gaining the knowledge and tools to track cancer worldwide and educate a global population about pre- and early detection.

Finally, the Emory Winship Cancer Institute provides an invaluable resource to help patients face cancer with the courage and confidence that come from knowing they are receiving the best care possible. Our teams of medical experts provide evidence-based, high-quality, patient-centered care through 100,000 clinic visits each year, and Winship is a leader in bringing more clinical trials to Georgians. Winship also has community programs that assist cancer survivors in getting back their lives and getting on with life.In this issue of Emory Health, you'll find why there is more hope than ever in responding to the dreaded diagnosis of cancer—and how we're working on other fronts and with you to transform health and healing … together.


Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

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