Researchers are constantly searching for new and better ways to treat breast cancer.
Advances over the last 40 years have increased survival and improved the quality of life for breast cancer survivors.
Therapies now under study should continue this progress into the future.
Our commitment to research
At Susan G. Komen®, we are committed to saving lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Our Research Program is an essential driving force for achieving this mission. Since our inception in 1982, Komen has provided funding to support research grants that have greatly expanded our knowledge of breast cancer and helped us understand that breast cancer is not just a single disease but many diseases, unique to each individual. Going forward, our commitment to research will contribute significantly to our ability to achieve our bold goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2026.
To date, Komen has provided more than $956M to researchers in 48 states and 21 countries to support research that has resulted in a better understanding of breast cancer; earlier detection; personalized, less invasive treatments for what was once a “one-treatment-fits-all” disease; and improvements in both quality of life and survival rates.
Learn more about our continuing investment in research and the exciting research that we are funding, because nothing would make us happier than ending breast cancer forever.
Perhaps the most promising new treatments are targeted therapies.
Unlike many of today's standard treatments, targeted therapies attack only cancer cells and leave healthy cells alone. So, they may help limit side effects and improve survival.
Learn about new therapies currently under study in the following areas:
Research is ongoing to improve all areas of treatment for breast cancer.
New therapies are being studied in clinical trials all the time. The results of these studies will decide whether these therapies become part of standard care.
After discussing the benefits and risks with your health care provider, we encourage you to consider joining a clinical trial.
BreastCancerTrials.org in collaboration with Susan G. Komen® offers a custom matching service to help you find a clinical trial that fits your health needs.
Learn more about clinical trials.
* Please note, the information provided within Komen Perspectives articles is only current as of the date of posting. Therefore, some information may be out of date at this time.
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