Robert Mutter, MD
Robert W. Mutter, M.D., investigates ways to enhance the efficacy of radiotherapy in patients with resistant breast cancer (residual breast cancer after preoperative chemotherapy) through an improved understanding of breast cancer biology and DNA repair.
Dr. Mutter also studies particle therapy from multiple points of view, including identifying patients most likely to benefit, optimizing combined modality therapy, integrating proton therapy with breast reconstruction, and tailoring fractionation schedules and delivery to reduce the side effects of treatment.
- Discovery of novel radiosensitizing targets for high-risk breast cancer. Dr. Mutter's laboratory focuses on identifying novel therapeutic targets that manipulate the DNA damage response of breast cancer cells in order to overcome treatment resistance. He also investigates biomarkers of response in order to select the right patients for each approach.
- Particle therapy for breast cancer. Dr. Mutter leads clinical trials investigating pencil-beam scanning proton therapy, a technology that reduces exposures to the heart, lungs, and other soft tissues, for early-stage and locally advanced breast cancer. in addition, his laboratory studies how differences in the response of cancer cells to DNA damage can be exploited by particle therapy to improve the therapeutic ratio, including how best to combing proton therapy with new biologically targeted agents.
- Novel fractionation schedules. Dr. Mutter designs novel fractionation schedules for patients with breast cancer treated with photons, protons, and brachytherapy in order to reduce the side effects of treatment and minimize the inconvenience and cost of cancer care.
- Radiotherapy and breast reconstruction. Dr. Mutter specializes in the multidisciplinary care and delivery of radiotherapy in women with breast reconstruction after mastectomy. He studies ways to deliver breast cancer radiotherapy with less exposure to normal tissue, less toxicity to the reconstruction and improved outcomes.
- Breast cancer
- Proton therapy
- Radiation therapy for breast cancer
- Optimization of functional/genomic classifiers of tumors to enable more precise cancer therapies
- DNA repair deficiencies in breast cancer
- Enhancing radiotherapy delivery for locally advanced breast cancer, including charged particle therapy
- Identifying and reducing late normal tissue complications of radiotherapy
- Radiation oncology in the developing world