William J. Gradishar MD, FACP
Chief, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
- Chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago
- Director of the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care
- Deputy cancer center director and deputy chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and system head for medical oncology across Northwestern Medicine
William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP, FASCO, is chief of the division of hematology and medical oncology in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and serves as director of the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care.
Dr. Gradishar is deputy cancer center director and deputy chief of the division of hematology and medical oncology and system head for medical oncology across Northwestern Medicine. He has been chair of the Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium since it started. He served as program director of the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Northwestern for 20 years. His research focuses on the development of new therapies for breast cancer treatment.
A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Gradishar is also a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Federation for Clinical Research, and the Association of Subspecialty Professors. He is a member of LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board and frequently speaks on our behalf and reviews our publications.
What makes metastatic breast cancer different
There are many people who undergo treatment and never have to deal with cancer again. A metastatic breast cancer diagnosis is different because it means you will actively deal with breast cancer for the rest of your life.
Coping with stress in relationships with metastatic breast cancer
You may be afraid to talk about your feelings or fears with friends and family because you think they will become upset or withdraw from you. Yet you might want and even need those conversations.
MBC as a recurrence
No matter how long it’s been since you had breast cancer, finding out that the cancer has metastasized, or spread, may bring feelings of shock, disbelief, anger, betrayal, and sadness.