Breast Oncology Program

The Breast Oncology Program (BOP) is comprised of 35 Program Members from 17 academic departments in the UCSF Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy. The overarching goal of the Program is to support and stimulate basic, clinical, and population research in breast cancer and facilitates the translation of these findings into improved cancer management and control.

The Breast Oncology Program conducts research under five main themes:

  • Theme 1: Epidemiology and Etiology
  • Theme 2: Cancer Prevention, Risk Models, and Early Detection
  • Theme 3: Genetics and Biology of Cancer Progression
  • Theme 4: New Therapeutic Targets and Approaches
  • Theme 5: Outreach, Clinical Care Delivery, and Outcomes

The goals of the Breast Oncology Program are to stimulate a transformative, transdisciplinary, integrated, inter-institutional environment inclusive of appropriate private partnerships to study the biological basis of the diseases that comprise breast cancer; to develop methods for early detection; to define the risk of developing or progressing with specific types of breast cancer; to develop novel interventions that work locally and globally to reduce morbidity and mortality from breast cancer and its treatment; and to promote and foster the Breast Oncology Program framework for integrated clinical care and research.

All of the work of the Breast Oncology Program is critically informed by a committed group of patient advocates, who participate in regular research meetings, help to establish program priorities, and undertake efforts to educate their peers about participation in clinical research studies.