Cancer Experience

Diagnosed in 2006

Professional Background and Education

I am a Human Resources & Training professional with career experience in the corporate, non-profit, consulting, and academic environments. I earned my B.S from the University of Illinois and my MBA from American University.

Additional Community Affiliations and Memberships

Currently, I serve as a Board Member for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) and the Annie Appleseed Project. Previously, I served on ASCO’s Clinical Guideline Committee (2012-2015). I am a Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Black MBA Association and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Why I Became an Advocate

When I was diagnosed, I was shocked by the high breast cancer mortality rate in the Washington, DC area, especially among African American women and felt that statistic was unacceptable. Giving back to the community and society was always a part of my upbringing and corporate experience so becoming an advocate was a natural transition. Advocacy has allowed me to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves. I am especially interested in clinical trial enrollment and accessibility of minority patients.

Specialized Advocacy Training and Advocacy Interest

  • NBCC’s Project LEAD Institute and Project LEAD Clinical Trials – 2010
  • Consumer and Programmatic Reviewer – Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
  • AACR Scientist-Survivor Program – 2012 and 2014
  • Mentor – Project LEAD 2015 & 2016


Sheppard, V. B., Williams, K. P., Harrison, T. M., Jennings, Y., Lucas, W., Stephen, J. & Taylor, K. L. (2010). Development of decision support intervention for Black women with breast cancer. Psycho‐Oncology, 19(1), 62-70.

Van Poznak C, Somerfield MR, Bast RC, Cristofanilli M, Goetz MP, Gonzalez-Angulo AM, Hicks DG, Hill EG, Liu MC, Lucas W, Mayer IA, Mennel RG, Symmans WF, Hayes DF, Harris LN. Use of Biomarkers to Guide Decisions on Systemic Therapy for Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline.  J Clin Oncol. 2015 Aug 20;33(24):2695-704. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.61.1459. Epub 2015 Jul 20.

Sheppard VB, Wallington SF, Willey SC, Hampton RM, Lucas W, Jennings Y, Horton S, Muzeck N, Cocilovo C, Isaacs C. A peer-led decision support intervention improves decision outcomes in black women with breast cancer.   J Cancer Educ. 2013 Jun;28(2):262-9. doi: 10.1007/s13187-013-0459-z

In Their Own Words: Wanda Lucas, MBA from Clinical Cancer Advances of 2016. Wanda Lucas. American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2016.

American Association for Cancer Research, 2015 Annual Meeting – The Role of Patient Advocates in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2015 – Patient Advocates as Partners in Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown-Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (poster)

American Association for Cancer Research, 2016 Annual Meeting – Energizing and Educating to Bridge the Scientist-Patient Advocate Gap (poster)