USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

About the Program

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States for women. In 2022, more than 3.8 million women were living with a diagnosis of breast cancer, more than any previous year, and this number continues to increase. At the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are proud to offer a program to address the needs of breast cancer survivors.

Integrating research and survivorship education, this multi-ethnic Breast Cancer Survivorship Program is developing a new blood-based test to identify residual disease that may be undetected by mammograms or other forms of imaging.  Doing so will help us identify early breast cancer recurrence before it has spread. The research team will validate this novel blood test in a cohort of 1,000 women of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, leveraging the USC Norris Population Research Core and the USC Norris Data Science Core.  To develop a way to predict the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence, artificial intelligence approaches will be used to integrate biological and clinical data with information on carcinogenic exposures in the patient’s environment, lifestyle data, and social determinants of health

This research builds upon foundation work by Dr. Salhia and her team in the Bench with Bedside Initiative. An important component of the Bench with Bedside Initiative is the focus on a new model of research in which patients and researchers build a closer relationship founded on transparency and ongoing engagement.  We are expanding this research and patient engagement approach to the Eileen McGeever Breast Cancer Survivorship Program.  Learn more about our study by clicking below.

Caryn Lerman, PhD
Director, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Dean for Cancer Programs
H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Chair in Cancer Research

“The multi-Ethnic Breast Cancer Survivorship Program at USC Norris will develop vital tools and resources needed to detect residual disease when it is most treatable.”

Meet Our Team

Salhia Bodour

Bodour Salhia, PhD

Research Lead for the Eileen McGeever Breast Cancer Survivorship Program; Co-Leader Genomic and Epigenomic Research Program, USC Norris

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Caryn Lerman, PhD

Co-Lead for the Eileen McGeever Breast Cancer Survivorship Program; Director, USC Norris

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Evanthia Roussos Torres, MD, PhD

Breast cancer oncologist and researcher, USC Norris


Mariana Stern, PhD

Associate Director for Population Science and Ira Goodman Chair in Cancer Research, USC Norris

Hughes Halbery

Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhD

Associate Director for Cancer Equity, Art and Priscilla Ulene Chair in Women’s Cancers, USC Norris


Myles Cockburn, PhD

Co-leader, Cancer Control Research Program, USC Norris

Additional Resources

Check out the links below for other programs at NCCC that may be useful for breast cancer survivors.

Trojans Adelante:

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