Women Who Conquer Cancer

Women play a crucial role in the mission to conquer cancer, and we are proud to support the work of women researchers. 

WWCC Awards
Women Who Conquer Cancer
Dedicated to Advancing the Careers of Young Women Researchers

Women Who Conquer Cancer (WWCC) is a groundbreaking program that supports the work of early-career scientists through grants dedicated to female researchers. Since we started the program in 2013, we’ve raised more than $4 million, funded 21 Young Investigator Awards, and awarded the first WWCC Career Development Award at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting. 

Help Us Support the Future of Women Researchers

Women are vastly underrepresented in the cancer research field. WWCC is uniquely positioned to invest in young women researchers, providing them with the initial boost they need to start and build a fruitful career. 

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, in 2019 we awarded the first WWCC Career Development Award (CDA), along with seven WWCC Young Investigator Awards and two WWCC Merit Awards. 

Our next goal is to fund a second CDA in 2020, which provides three years of funding to clinical investigators and helps them establish an independent clinical cancer research program. Your support will help make this goal a reality. 

Support Women Who Conquer Cancer today.

Arti Hurria
Remembering Dr. Hurria
Honoring a Legacy. Investing in Discovery

Arti Hurria, MD, FASCO, was a dedicated physician and mentor who died in 2018. To celebrate her life and her passion for senior patients, the Endowed Young Investigator Award in Geriatric Oncology was created to ensure the next generation of researchers with an interest in older patient issues have the resources needed to improve care.


Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards

Each year, we recognize two extraordinary female leaders in oncology. Mentorship Award recipients are role models who excel as mentors and demonstrate outstanding commitment to the professional development of their women oncology colleagues as clinicians, educators, and researchers.

2019 Hologic, Inc Endowed WWCC Mentorship Award  Recipient
Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, FASCO, is the C. Willard Robinson Professor of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, and program leader for the Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies Program at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Schuchter’s clinical research focuses on melanoma, particularly in novel therapies for advanced disease. Dr. Schuchter has a strong passion for mentoring early-career physicians, especially women. She leads by example to pave the way for women at Penn and for oncologists everywhere.
2019 International WWCC Mentorship Award Recipient
Verna Vanderpuye, MBChB, is a senior consultant at the National Center for Radiotherapy, Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Korlebu Teaching Hospital, Ghana, affiliated with the University of Ghana, Accra. Her interests are in breast, sarcoma, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal cancers and cancer management in Africa. She is the pioneer female oncologist in the West African region and has mentored many regional and international young cancer professionals from their training through mid-career. Her holistic, whole-patient philosophy results in improved quality of life for patients, even in the face of limited resources.