Clinical Focus

  • Medical Oncology

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (1997)
  • Fellowship:Dana Farber Cancer Institute Hematology Oncology Fellowship (1989) MA
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1985)
  • Residency:Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1985) MA
  • Medical Education:Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine (1982) NH


All Publications

  • MODERN CHEMOTHERAPY USE AMONG YOUNG WOMEN WITH EARLYSTAGE ER+/HER2-BREAST CANCER Poorvu, P., Gelber, S., Rosenberg, S., Ruddy, K., Tamimi, R., Peppercorn, J., Schapira, L., Borges, V., Come, S., Collins, L., Warner, E., Partridge, A. CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE. 2018: S18
  • Anxiety and Depression in Young Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Cross-Sectional Study PSYCHOSOMATICS Park, E. M., Gelber, S., Rosenberg, S. M., Seah, D. E., Schapira, L., Come, S. E., Partridge, A. H. 2018; 59 (3): 251–58


    Young adults with cancer experience disruptions in their normal developmental trajectories and commonly experience psychologic distress related to their diagnoses. Young women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) are at particular risk of adverse mental health outcomes.We sought to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with anxiety and depression symptoms in young women with newly diagnosed de novo MBC.A total of 54 women with newly diagnosed de novo MBC were identified from an ongoing, prospective, multicenter cohort of women diagnosed with breast cancer at age <40. Depression and anxiety symptoms were assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Items assessing socio-demographics, physical symptom burden, social support, and disease and treatment history, with complementary medical record review, were used to assess variables potentially associated with anxiety and depression symptoms.Mean HADS Depression score was 4.4 (standard deviation = 3.7) and mean HADS Anxiety score was 7.9 (standard deviation = 5.0). Eleven (20%) women scored ≥8 on the HADS Depression subscale, the suggested threshold for depression/anxiety screening, and 24 (44%) women scored ≥8 on the HADS Anxiety subscale. In a multivariable model of anxiety, higher physical symptom scores (odds ratio = 4.41, p = 0.005) was significantly associated with higher anxiety scores. None of the other variables improved the model fit.In this study, a considerable proportion of young women with newly diagnosed MBC experienced anxiety symptoms, although depression was less common. Future strategies focused on distress reduction in young MBC patients should focus on physical symptom management as well as anxiety identification and management.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000432519500005

    View details for PubMedID 29525523

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  • The Power of Trust. JAMA oncology Mou, E., Schapira, L., Kunz, P. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.0495

    View details for PubMedID 29710067

  • Management of side effects during and post-treatment in breast cancer survivors BREAST JOURNAL Palesh, O., Scheiber, C., Kesler, S., Mustian, K., Koopman, C., Schapira, L. 2018; 24 (2): 167–75


    Cancer-related fatigue, insomnia, and cancer-related cognitive impairment are commonly experienced symptoms that share psychological and physical manifestations. One or more of these symptoms will affect nearly all patients at some point during their course of treatment or survivorship. These side effects are burdensome and reduce patients' quality of life well beyond their cancer diagnosis and associated care treatments. Cancer-related fatigue, insomnia, and cancer-related cognitive impairment are likely to have multiple etiologies that make it difficult to identify the most effective method to manage them. In this review, we summarized the information on cancer-related fatigue, insomnia, and cancer-related cognitive impairment incidence and prevalence among breast cancer patients and survivors as well as recent research findings on pharmaceutical, psychological, and exercise interventions that have shown effectiveness in the treatment of these side effects. Our review revealed that most current pharmaceutical interventions tend to ameliorate symptoms only temporarily without addressing the underlying causes. Exercise and behavioral interventions are consistently more effective at managing chronic symptoms and possibly address an underlying etiology. Future research is needed to investigate effective interventions that can be delivered directly in clinic to a large portion of patients and survivors.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/tbj.12862

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    View details for PubMedID 28845551

  • Bridging gaps in breast cancer care: A pilot forum for mental health professionals Yang, R., Rabinowitz, B., Frank, M., Schapira, L., Wapnir, I. AMER ASSOC CANCER RESEARCH. 2018
  • Amani's Silence. oncologist Baider, L., Schapira, L. 2017

    View details for DOI 10.1634/theoncologist.2017-0207

    View details for PubMedID 28592623

  • For Our Patients, for Ourselves: The Value of Personal Reflection in Oncology. American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Meeting Schapira, L., Meisel, J. L., Srivastava, R. 2017; 37: 765-770


    Caring for patients with cancer is a great privilege as well as an emotionally and intellectually challenging task. Stress and burnout are prevalent among oncology clinicians, with serious repercussions for the care of patients. Professional societies must provide guidance for trainees and practicing physicians to mitigate the negative consequences of stress on their personal lives and medical practice. Reflection, reading, and writing about personal experiences provide outlets for fortifying personal reserves and promoting resilience to allow us to recognize the joy and meaning of our work and to forge connections with our peers. Herein, we present some of our own reflections on how and why one might take time to write, and about the power of the written word in oncology and medicine.

    View details for DOI 10.14694/EDBK_175520

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