Komen Foundation Honors 'Father of Tamoxofen'

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Dr. V Craig Jordan, of Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center will be honored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure for his significant work to help find a cure for breast cancer.

"A good researcher is somebody who is inquisitive, can get out of bed everyday because you're doing it for a purpose," said Dr. Jordan.

Dr. Jordan's purpose and passion is developing drugs to treat breast cancer. He has won every major cancer award that has been given to an individual and has been lauded by presidents, even royalty. Now Susan G. Komen for the Cure, at its first ever Gala; "Honoring the Promise" is also honoring Dr. Jordan, the man the world knows as "The Father of Tamoxifen."

Three decades ago, around the same time the Komen foundation was getting off the ground, Dr. Jordan and his team were the first to discover the breast cancer prevention properties of Tamoxifen, a failed contraceptive drug.

"People didn't want to use drugs long term in cancer because the tumor becomes resistant...I found out in my laboratory that longer was going to be better," Dr. Jordan told us.

His battle cry became Tamoxifen forever and now 30-years later it is still helping extend women's lives.

He added, "I've always said that it is basically we're gaining time. That mothers can see their children grow, that grandparents can see their grandchildren graduate. Gaining years of life is absolutely important."

But recent studies have found serious side effects with tamoxifen. However, Dr. Jordan feels understanding the good, bad and ugly of tamoxifen, will only lead researchers to different drugs that will treat other forms of breast cancer.

"You've got to have something as the world record to make a better world record," Dr. Jordan said.

And this scientist, who was also a British Army officer, believes he will find that magic cancer bullet in part because of what he was taught in the military.

He said, "It teaches you not to whine, get on the job, make it happen, achieve the objective, because if you don't you know one else will and people will die."

Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Gala "Honoring the Promise" is Saturday, October 16th, at the Kennedy Center.

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