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On Cancer: President Obama Names Physician-Scientist Charles Sawyers to National Cancer Advisory Board

By Media Staff  |  Saturday, December 8, 2012
Pictured: Charles Sawyers Physician-scientist Charles Sawyers

President Barack Obama announced on December 6 his intent to appoint Memorial Sloan Kettering physician-scientist Charles Sawyers as one of six new members of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB).

“I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles,” President Obama said in a White House press release. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

The NCAB and the President’s Cancer Panel are the only advisory bodies at either the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services whose members are appointed by the President. The primary task of the NCAB is to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and ultimately the President of the United States on a range of issues affecting the nation’s cancer program and, specifically, NCI operations. The NCAB reviews and recommends grants and cooperative agreements following technical and scientific peer review.

Revolutionizing the Molecular Treatment of Cancer

Dr. Sawyers, Chair of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, is widely recognized as someone who is revolutionizing the molecular treatment of cancer. His research involves investigating the signaling pathways that promote the growth of cancer cells, with an eye toward designing new treatments. 

His laboratory discovered the recently approved prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (Xtandi®), and Dr. Sawyers has been instrumental in the development of two drugs for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia: imatinib (Gleevec®) and dasatinib (Sprycel®), which work by blocking the activity of BCR-ABL, the mutant protein that causes the disease.

Dr. Sawyers is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and is President-Elect of the American Association for Cancer Research. He is past President of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Dorothy P. Landon-AACR Prize for Translational Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award, and the Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

Dr. Sawyers received his MD degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1985. He joined Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2006 after nearly two decades at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Dr. Sawyers will be a wonderful addition to the NCAB – a body that advises on some of our nation’s most pressing issues in cancer research and treatment,” says Memorial Sloan Kettering President and CEO Craig B. Thompson. “His appointment is also a fitting tribute to a man whose work has made profound contributions to research in cancer-related molecular therapeutics.”

Comments

On behalf of many friends who have died because of cancer, thank you for your invaluable work and congratulations on your new appointment.

Thank you so much for all of your help, best of luck in the years to come!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you for all your work. I've had many family members who have had cancer; I hope your findings lead to cancer prevention not just cure. In my estimation, you are a rock star!

Congratulations! And thank you for the amazing work that you've committed your life to!

I would like to know, when a better form of Chemotherapy is discovered..one that does not have the ill effects of theothers on the market..WHY is it not available to EVERYONE instead of just those with MONEY! What is the Research for if not to serve this purpose..I am afraid that I am less impressed with the lack of availability considering the amount of money in the last god knows how many years that Cancer research has been running...other clinical trials for more homeopathic natural remedies have been shelved because they proved unprofitable..the sad fact is..there is funding and business in sickness NOT in cures!

Congratulations, and thank you Dr. Sawyers for all your years of work and service. Thanks also to everyone who has worked with you to reach these achievements. I wish you the best in your new position on the Board of the NCAB.

Thank you Dr. Sawyers for your commitment and work in the field of cancer. Hopefully you will be a vital part of eliminating this dreadful disease that has taken so many people. Good Luck in your future endeavors!! God Bless You~~ <3

Thank you Dr. Sawyers for your commitment and work in the field of cancer. Hopefully you will be a vital part of eliminating this dreadful disease that has taken so many people. Good Luck in your future endeavors!! God Bless You~~ <3

Thank you

Dr.Sawyers may lead us to a cancer free world.

God bless you Dr. Sawyer, the humanity is blessed to have a person like you, I am sure you will find the cure to this terrible disease. I was already there, and know how anguishing it is to be sick with cancer.

Thank You Dr. Charles Sawyers. I'm so happy that Obama has appointed you to be the new addition to the board! Thanks again, for everything you've done this far & all you're about to do:)

Thank God for people like you Dr Sawyers! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication for making this world just a little bit better and brighter! May you continue to achieve such high success in the future! Hope others follow in your pathway!!

Thank you for all that you do and all the hope you bring!

Thanks for all your work

May you and those dear to you be as blessed as you have blessed others through your fine research and work! Thank you for all you do.

Dr. Sawyers I offer my congratulations for your leadership in advanced research and creation of drugs in cancer treatment.
My ongoing hope is that someday science will be able to not only identify but go beyond isolating and treating with chemicals and drugs, but actually remove the affected cells permanently.

I prefer to quote this article which outlines your outstanding contribution, because I simply know nothing other than to express how I feel.
My mother passed away from Breast Cancer and my mother in-law from Leukemia so my personal experience is first hand but only as an outsider.
Does this make sense?
I know we have come a long way over the years, and this is only due because of doctors/scientists such as yourself, whose integrity, intelligence, fortitude, perseverance etc. have enabled these incredible advances in cancer treatment.
So again, my sincere gratitude to you Dr. Sawyer on all your achievements.

Best Regards,
Rosemary Rannes

Dr. Sawyers, Chair of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, is widely recognized as someone who is revolutionizing the molecular treatment of cancer. His research involves investigating the signaling pathways that promote the growth of cancer cells, with an eye toward designing new treatments.

His laboratory discovered the recently approved prostate cancer drug enzalutamide (Xtandi®), and Dr. Sawyers has been instrumental in the development of two drugs for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia: imatinib (Gleevec®) and dasatinib (Sprycel®), which work by blocking the activity of BCR-ABL, the mutant protein that causes the disease. "

Thankyou for all the work you do with cancer My brother and father died with cancer and i hope there will soon be a cure keep up the good work

Thank you for your work in such an important cause!

Thank you for your work in such an important cause!

Thank you Dr. Sawyers for your devotion and caring.

Thank you ... not only from myself - Stage IV PCa with many metastases to bones - but from all those diagnosed with the disease. This drug has been discussed at our Albany NY Man to Man Prostate Cancer support group sponsored by the American Cancer Society of NE NY. Hope is often all "we" have and your involvement does just that!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. Sawyers, for all you have done to find cures for cancer,s and congratulation on your appointment to NCAB.

Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to the health of people now and in the future!

I am incredibly relieved to know that research and development of something this important, is being handled by a Scientist and Doctor of your stature. Our President has done it again! Congratulations to you, Dr. Sawyers and also to President Obama, for his intelligence, in asking you to be on this panel.

Congratulation on fantastic work and blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season.

You and people who do what you do are true heroes; i'm still dreaming of the day when we have a news station that covers nothing but good works people do.

Thanks so much!

Thank You so very much Dr. Sawyers for all your hard work in fighting cancer. We are so blessed to have you. Please keep up your work of fighting this devastating disease and great success in your future.

Thank you, Dr. Sawyers.

Thank You so very much Dr. Sawyers for all your hard work in fighting cancer. We are so blessed to have you. Please keep up your work of fighting this devastating disease and great success in your future.

Thank you for your fantastic work, Dr. Sawyers. I'm sure you labour day after day with your colleagues, until the day when the light shines out of your work. I hope you are really proud of yourself . . . . . you should be ! !

Congrats Dr. and many thanks for your reserch and work!

Thank you.

Thank you.

My best friend died of cancer and so did my grandmother and an uncle. Many people I knew had cancer and died, and many people I know are still fighting. What you do is precious. Thank you.

The only true purpose of the national cancer advisory board is to coordinate action against doctors who actually benefit humanity by actually curing them of cancers no just dragging out their dependance on the medical/pharmaceutical mafia. I wonder why this board is so silent on the treatment being dished out to a real doctor who cures cancer. his name is Burzynski who's success is a threat to the billion dollar cancer industry controlled by the select few. Hopefully we can expect a change in this policy by this latest appointment but i will not hold my breath. In my country Australia its current practice to put out to pasture any doctor who is successful in curing cancer.

Congratulations and thank you

Congratulations on a job very well done!!

Thank you Dr. Sawyers for your dedication towards helping the sick. I hope you and your team make great headway and progress as soon as possible.

Thank you for your work, good sir.

tHANK YOU

Thank you for all your research

Thank you Dr. Sawyers for your effort to make this world a safer place for all mankind.

Thank you for the commitment to finding a cure....a life's mission with grand rewards!

Having lost so many friends to this terrible disease, I urge you and your staff to continue with all research possible to find a cure. Thank you.

Thank you Dr Sawyers and best wishes for all your future work and endeavours. Chetna, London UK

Cancer just like any illness is a symptom of the body just telling us that we are putting things into it that are not compatible or acceptable to its health. so chemical concoctions are not the answer but removal of the crap going into our body and supplementing with nutrients that are deficient in the body will result in the warning signs being withdrawn. Anything else is just big business working to maintain its exorbitant profits at the cost of our lives which they dont care about as there are plenty of sheep to replace those who die.

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