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Areas of Focus

Areas of Focus

Breast cancer is a complex disease…

with no simple solution. That’s why our researchers are investigating it from every angle. Learn more about our areas of focus and why each one is critical to stopping cancer from the start, slowing its progress, and one day preventing it altogether.


There are more breast cancer survivors today than ever before. We know the last round of treatment, however, doesn’t mark the end of one’s journey with the disease. Breast cancer changes a person’s life in many ways. Women and men can face a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional challenges—ranging from pain and fatigue to cognitive impairment and sleeping issues—that make improving quality of life after treatment important to our researchers. Today, with more than 3.8 million survivors in the U.S. alone, not only is the definition of breast cancer changing but also what it means to manage the disease.

Survivorship Researchers

Tarah Ballinger, MD

Dr. Tarah Ballinger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her MD from Indiana University. She completed her internal medicine...

BCRF Investigator Since 2019

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Survivorship News

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Be the end of cancer
Kimberly (right), Diagnosed in 2008