Watch a Video of Our Physician-in-Chief for an Upcoming Ken Burns Film

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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

I don't think anybody is grasping how fast all of this is occurring.
José Baselga MSK Physician-in-Chief

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.

For more stories and videos related to MSK’s involvement in the documentary, keep checking the OnCancer blog and MSK’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

You can watch more profiles like Dr. Baselga’s at The Producer’s Blog.


He tenido un tumor HER2+, 2,2cms, ganglios negativos, estoy haciendo HERCEPTIN (un año). Segun Dr Baselga, que pronostico y sobrevida tengo?. Muchas gracias.

Querida Maria Elena,
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I truly believe that I am doing so well because of Dr. Baselga . He is the "Wizard of Sloan". A gift to all of us battling cancer. Herceptin is savings lives . For the last two years , I have been having a good quality of life living with metastic bilateral breast cancer with two different histologies. The HER positive side has been behaving because of a year on Herceptin. I am grateful for the possibilities. . I believe it is happening!

Dear Elizabeth, we are glad to know that you're doing well. Thanks for your kind words!

Meant to say "metastatic ". I am truly grateful for all doctors who share their knowledge and willing to collaborate and listen. Everyone must work together to to accelerate progress and find a cure.

Referral of 48 yo W/M with deep tumor overlying the thalamus. Biopsy high risk. Consider "liquid biopsy" for diagnosis. Advise as to consideration of patient for this procedure.

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MY Superman was diagnosed 2011 anigioimmunoblastic T cell, Thank you DR Jenna Goldberg and the stem cell transplant team. Thank you Dr Alison Moscowitz and Dr Yochlim for everyday as it is a gift. Sloan is just a wonderful caring supportive hospital from the nurses, registration clerks, desk clerks, lab, xray, I&R, everyone right through to all the wonderful physicians who always look forward to you living. Thankful for Sloan...seems this word so small compared to everything they give, humbled, thank you Sloan!

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