Thursday, January 15, 2015
MSK Physician-in-Chief José Baselga discusses the amazing progress that has been made in fighting cancer.
“At every time in the history of humankind, and the story of medicine, there’s been a moment where a disease has been solved. This is what’s happening in cancer today.” — MSK Physician-in-Chief José Baselga
Memorial Sloan Kettering Physician-in-Chief José Baselga has spent more than 20 years developing groundbreaking therapies against cancers. Thanks in part to his work identifying therapies targeting the epidermal growth factor receptor and the closely related HER2 receptor, our collective understanding of the genetic components of cancer is greater today than ever before.
In the latest video profile from PBS and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Dr. Baselga explains just how much progress we’ve made in fighting the disease and the possibilities to come. He recounts the stunning moment when a breast cancer patient who had failed every treatment responded dramatically to a new drug, trastuzumab (Herceptin®), which targets the HER2 receptor.
“I don’t think anybody is grasping how fast all of this is occurring,” Dr. Baselga says. “An acceleration of knowledge, an acceleration of cures. You say to yourself, ‘This is happening. It is truly happening.’”
Stories from the Cancer Front
Dr. Baselga’s story is the latest in a series of intimate video profiles from PBS and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies about the impact of cancer on countless lives.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour documentary presented by filmmaker Ken Burns in partnership with WETA, the public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C. It is scheduled to air on three consecutive nights beginning March 30.
A number of MSK staff are featured in the documentary, speaking about cancer insights and advances — many of them made at MSK — and the future of cancer treatment. Learn about physician-scientist Jedd Wolchok’s work in the field of immunotherapy, and watch a video profile of pediatric nurse practitioner Carol Rossetto.
You can watch more profiles like Dr. Baselga’s at The Producer’s Blog.