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Prominent breast cancer researcher, Dr. Susan Love is among the most respected women’s health specialists in the U.S. She is the founder of the Dr. Susan Love Research Center, a retired surgeon, and the driving force behind many of the landmark discoveries that have advanced our knowledge and understanding of breast cancer.

Dr. Love holds several patents related to the treatment of cancer. Her genetic research has shed light on inherited mutations that significantly increased the risk of developing breast cancer.

One of the “founding mothers” of the breast cancer awareness advocacy movement, she helped found the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). Appointed by President Clinton, Dr. Love served on the National Cancer Advisory Board from 1998-2004.

Dr. Love’s publications in print and on-line have served as trusted guidebooks to women worldwide. Her book, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Boo was termed “the bible for women with breast cancer” by The New York Times. One of her best-known projects is the Army of Women®, a creative Internet solution partnering women and scientists with the goal of accelerating breast cancer research.

In June of 2012, Dr. Love was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. She returned to work in January of 2013 more determined than ever to find the cause of cancer and end it once and for all. She has retired from the active practice of surgery to dedicate herself to the urgent work of breast cancer prevention through finding the cause.

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“I have spent my whole life working in the field of breast cancer. At this point I am frustrated that we are still doing the same treatments with about the same results as when I started thirty years ago. Now that we can get to where breast cancer starts we have the opportunity to eradicate it. I am excited and impatient. The road is clear. We can go slowly or quickly, but everyday that we delay another 592 women will be diagnosed and 110 will die. The cost is too high to hesitate. This is our job not our daughters, granddaughters, nieces or nephews. We can do it and we have to do it!”

Susan M. Love, MD, MBA has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. What began as a career in the 1970’s quickly turned into a mission and as chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF), Dr. Love oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention.

Dr. Love has always been a pioneer and entrepreneur. Her reputation as an activist comes from her role as one of the “founding mothers” of the breast cancer advocacy movement in the early 1990’s, as one of the founders of the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). President Clinton appointed Dr. Love to the National Cancer Advisory Board, on which she served from 1998-2004.

Dr. Love started the first all-women breast center in Boston, then went on to develop a model for multidisciplinary breast care at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center. After inventing an intraductal catheter at UCLA she recognized that she could develop it further in the for-profit arena and started Pro•Duct Health Inc. (later acquired by Cytyc Corporation). In addition to being DSLRF’s chief visionary officer, Dr. Love was a founder and served on the board of Windy Hill Medical, a breast cancer prevention company.

Known as a trusted guide to women worldwide through her books and the Foundation website, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book was termed “the bible for women with breast cancer” by The New York Times. Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book, first published in 1998 and revised in 2003, was one of the first to sound the alarm against the long term use of postmenopausal hormones. Live a Little (Crown 2009) encourages women to take a reasonable approach to becoming healthy. The sixth edition of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book was released in September 2015 along with a Spanish translation El Libro de la Mama.

A true visionary, Dr. Love’s notable projects include the Army of Women®, a creative internet solution partnering women and scientists with the goal of accelerating breast cancer research. In October 2012, the Foundation launched the Health of Women [HOW] Study™, an online cohort study with the goal of identifying the cause of breast cancer.

In June of 2012, Dr. Love was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. She returned to work in January of 2013 more determined than ever to find the cause of cancer and end it once and for all.

Dr. Love is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and lectures nationally and internationally on breast cancer, menopause, and women’s health. She has been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees, as well as numerous honors and citations. She also has a business degree from the Executive MBA Program at UCLA’s Anderson School.

Dr. Love received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York and did her surgical training at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. She has retired from the active practice of surgery to dedicate herself to the urgent work of breast cancer prevention through finding the cause.


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Dr. Susan Love, Women's Health Expert: Keynote


Dr. Susan Love talks about how her recent experience as a leukemia survivor opened her eyes to the unmet needs of patients “in recovery.” She explains that doctors tend to compare survivors to “the people who died and are patting themselves on the back that you’re alive”, thus they often treat patients’ survivals as a happy ending to the battle.

However, even after being declared “cancer free,” Dr. Love points out that patients struggle with extensive “collateral damage” that most medical providers do not address. For example, many survivors face energy drains and may struggle to do their jobs at the level they did before, complicating their ability to sustain their family. Dr. Love discusses how her team collaborated with the Young Survivors Coalition to create a network that supports participants after the chemotherapy is over and shares some of the insights that her group gained from opening up a dialogue online with thousands of cancer survivors.

Dr. Susan Love, Women's Health Expert: Interview with Joan Lunden



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One of the U.S.’s most trusted medical experts, Dr. Susan Love lectures nationally and internationally on breast cancer, menopause, and women's health. Dr. Love draws from her cutting edge research, outreach projects, and her own experience as a cancer survivor to provide frank, accurate, and useful information on the reality of dealing with cancer and other issues relevant to women’s health. With passion and excitement, she motivates audience members to take preventative measures or participate in studies and research that will help us reduce and maybe even eradicate breast cancer.




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    Dr. Susan Love′s Breast Book

    Dr. Susan Love′s Breast Book has been considered the bible of breast-care books since it appeared in 1990. In 1995, Love completely updated the book in a 600-page second edition, including new biopsy and screening methods, implants, the pros and cons of hormone therapy, new discoveries in breast-cancer treatment, and many other topics. Every chapter has been rewritten, with the exception of the anatomy chapter ("The breast, I′m glad to report, is still located on the chest!"). Love presents copious medical information in a simple, welcoming style, and plentiful illustrations make the information even clearer. About two-thirds of the book deals with breast cancer: risk factors, prevention, screening, diagnosis, staging, emotions, treatment options, surgery, alternative treatments, clinical trials, and more. But the book isn′t just about breast cancer. It′s also about breast development, physiology, bras, nursing, sexuality--if it has to do with breasts, Love discusses it. Love also debunks breast myths: underwire bras do not cause cancer, neither do bruises or injuries; "fibrocystic disease" isn′t really a disease. The book includes a wealth of resources: books, treatment centers, and organizations.

    Dr. Susan Love′s Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices

    In the first edition of this important bestselling book, praised by Newsday as “the bible for a whole generation of menopausal women,” renowned physician and pioneering women’s health advocate Dr. Susan Love warned about the potential dangers of the long-term prescription of hormone replacement therapy. Her insightful words of caution have been backed up by the stunning results of the recent studies on hormone replacement.

    In this revised edition, Dr. Love offers a remarkably clear set of guidelines as to what the studies have shown about the risks regarding heart disease, breast cancer, stroke, and other conditions, and what effect hormone therapy has on osteoporosis. She offers definitive expert advice about whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy and, if so, for how long, as well as how to taper off hormones; and she introduces the alternative methods for treating the symptoms of menopause.

    Dr. Love stresses that menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured—it is a natural life stage, and every woman ought to choose her own mix of options for coping with symptoms. A questionnaire about your own health history and life preferences helps you develop a program that will best fit your unique needs. With clarity and compassion, she walks you through every option for both the short and the long term, including:

    • lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, and stress management)
    • alternative therapies (including herbs and homeopathic remedies)
    • available medications other than hormones


Dr. Susan Love, Women's Health Expert: Keynote


Dr. Susan Love talks about how her recent experience as a leukemia survivor opened her eyes to the unmet needs of patients “in recovery.” She explains that doctors tend to compare survivors to “the people who died and are patting themselves on the back that you’re alive”, thus they often treat patients’ survivals as a happy ending to the battle.

However, even after being declared “cancer free,” Dr. Love points out that patients struggle with extensive “collateral damage” that most medical providers do not address. For example, many survivors face energy drains and may struggle to do their jobs at the level they did before, complicating their ability to sustain their family. Dr. Love discusses how her team collaborated with the Young Survivors Coalition to create a network that supports participants after the chemotherapy is over and shares some of the insights that her group gained from opening up a dialogue online with thousands of cancer survivors.

Dr. Susan Love, Women's Health Expert: Interview with Joan Lunden