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Bonnie Gould Rothberg

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Attending Physician, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Research Summary

The prognosis for certain localized cancers, such as Stages II & IIIA melanoma and early-stage (Stages IA-IIIA) non-small cell lung cancer is uncertain. Following curative-intent resection of the primary tumor, the long-term (5- or 10-year) overall survival for these patients can hover around 50%. At the same time, the morbidities associated with available adjuvant therapies precludes their use in the majority of these patients. Current prognostic models derived from conventional clinicopathologic parameters are insufficient to identify, at the time of diagnosis, the subset of patients at highest risk of recurrence for selective adjuvant therapy administration. The goal of my research program is to develop novel prognostic models for both early-stage non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma. Variables reflecting characteristics of the index tumor (somatic mutations, copy number variation and differential transcript profiling), the patient's germline genetics as well as lifestyle behaviors are all simultaneously considered.

Specialized Terms: Molecular cancer epidemiology; Cancer prognosis; Melanoma; Skin cancer; Lung cancer; Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors (PNETs); Tuberous Sclerosis Complex; Next generation sequencing; Somatic tumor mutations; Germline genetic variation; Immunohistochemistry-based biomarkers; Biospecimens and biobanking; Lifestyle choices associated with cancer outcome


Research Interests

Chronic Disease; Epidemiology; Genetics; Lung Neoplasms; Medical Oncology; Melanoma; Pancreatic Neoplasms; Pathology; Tuberous Sclerosis; Genomics; Biomarkers, Pharmacological

Public Health Interests

Biomarkers; Cancer; Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics; Nutrition

Selected Publications

  • Survivorship care for older adults with cancer: the role of primary care physicians and the utility of care plans as a communication toolIn: Handbook of Geriatric Oncology. Kroc-Grodzicki M and Tew W eds. 2017.

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