Dr. Janet Rowley is one of the most influential cancer researchers in history. Dr. Rowley is the first scientist to identify chromosomal translocation as the cause of acute myelogenous leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, and other cancers. Her work demonstrated cancer was a genetic disease and she ushered in the age of cancer genetic research. Dr. Rowley paved the way for lifesaving treatments such as Gleevec, which transformed a fatal disease into a condition with which patients have been able to live well for 15, 20 years and still counting! Dr. Rowley is the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. She has received virtually ever scientific honor and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2009.
Dr. Rowley joins Chicago Blood Cancer Foundation co-founders Scott Seaman and Charlene on this episode of Battling and Beating Cancer.to discuss her legendary work and its impact, how she because involved in cancer research, her current research projects, and the future of cancer research. Dr. Rowley provides advice to young researchers and makes a compelling case for funding for cancer research. This episode demonstrates once again that blood cancer research is the super highway to curing cancer and the super highway runs through Chicago.