Stanford, now professor emeritus, became one of the first Fred Hutch researchers to focus on prostate cancer and today is recognized worldwide as an expert in the field. Her numerous studies and leadership of the Program in Prostate Cancer Research have illuminated many of the environmental, behavioral and genetic factors that can cause the disease.
She also helped to lead a nationwide research project of more than 2,000 people in more than 300 families exploring why prostate-cancer risk is higher in some families.
"I look at my son," she said, "and I am inspired to do something to prevent him from getting prostate cancer like both of his grandfathers."
Understanding the inherited genetic mutations for prostate cancer may provide new clues to help diagnose, treat, cure and even prevent it in future generations.
The hope of cancer prevention has motivated Stanford on a very personal level. Five of her close family members have fought cancer. "I look at my son," she said, "and I am inspired to do something to prevent him from getting prostate cancer like both of his grandfathers."